Important traffic signals are updated at a busy Crawley junction

A BIG improvement to traffic lights at a busy intersection is set to begin soon.

The aging lights in the Crawley Gyratory System will be replaced with new, more energy-efficient devices that cost less to operate and are “more responsive to traffic movements”.

The project between Brighton Road, Haslett Avenue West and Pegler Way will cost a total of £570,000 and is due to start next month.

The works will include the replacement and upgrade of all signaling equipment, including new detection systems at all intersections and 43 vehicle signal heads, as well as the installation of 13 low-level cyclist signal heads.

In addition, a total of 44 signal masts and the tactile paving at 19 of the crossing waiting areas will be replaced and the green cycle lanes refreshed.

A spokesman for West Sussex Highways said: “Existing lights are beginning to fail and with equipment becoming obsolete there are limited spare parts available to address future failures.

“The new equipment will use LED technology, which improves signal reliability, reduces maintenance and saves energy. They are also more responsive to traffic movements.

“To try to keep disruption to a minimum, we can only work on sections of the intersection at a time and will therefore be following a phased plan, using traffic management to protect workers and the public.”

Work is scheduled to start on Monday 29th August and will take around 14 weeks depending on factors such as the weather.

The spokesman said that there will be lane closures in some places.

“Every effort will be made to minimize disruption, but there will be delays and motorists are advised to allow extra time for their journeys or to seek alternative routes where possible,” he added.

“Part of the work will require Brighton Road to be closed to vehicle traffic over the level crossing and a signposted detour route will be put in place.

“We apologize for any inconvenience caused during the works, but this project will lead to long-term improvements.”

Once built, the new traffic management system could take up to three months to be fine-tuned to run as effectively as possible, the spokesman added. Important traffic signals are updated at a busy Crawley junction

Fry Electronics Team

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