Chaos for motorists as traffic lights fail over ‘blind’ bridge

The traffic lights at the canal bridge on Red Rock Lane, Haigh
The traffic lights at the canal bridge on Red Rock Lane, Haigh
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DRIVERS were left playing “Russian roulette” in their cars when traffic lights at a Wigan bridge failed.

Now the angry ward councillor is demanding an overhaul of emergency call-out cover because of the length of time it took for engineers to attend to repair the lights.

They had been alerted to the signal failure at the Haigh canal bridge at the top of Red Rock Lane by Saturday lunchtime, but only attended on Monday morning.

Aspull New Springs and Whelley councillor John Hilton – who first alerted the authorities – believes that the repair should have been a greater priority by the authorities.

Because of the design of the hump-backed bridge over the Leeds and Liverpool canal, drivers can’t see opposing traffic until they meet at the centre of the single lane structure.

Coun Hilton said: “We are lucky that we didn’t have a really serious accident here. This was reported at dinner time on Saturday and yet it takes them until breakfast time on Monday to come out and take a look at them.

“Drivers can’t see if opposing traffic is coming until they are right at the top of the bridge, which is why the traffic lights were installed in the first place.

“If cars had come together at any speed we could easily have had one or both in the canal, which may not be very deep but it is still deep enough to drown in.”

A Transport for Greater Manchester spokesman said the matter was under investigation.