I complained to the council about the new light timings on a main roundabout at Telford.
Essentially we have the same problem every night at rush hour because people ignore the box junction and then block access for people at the next set of lights. I have no problem stopping at the lights on the basis that I can't enter the box junction but this causes my blood to boil on two counts;
1) Idiots behind who can't appreciate why I am stationary with a green light!
2) The idiots in front who've blocked the box junction because they jumped their light and can't then get out of it!
I suggested to the council it was because their traffic light timings were [email protected]
(which they are for this time of day because the lights allow more traffic to pass through than there is space for on the other side!) but they blame poor driving standards.
Fair enough, the idiots doing the 'blocking' don't know their highway code/don't care but the traffic system exacerbates the problem.
Last week in a different location my route forward was blocked by a chap who'd made an error in judgement thinking the traffic would keep moving enough to let him pass through the box. In the end he was parking across the front of me and shrugged. I pointed to the box junction and he then reversed. I was quite pleased he didn't just get out of the car and chin me.
At least he knew he was in the wrong, which is something at least.
Rant over. Phew.
Going home now. Early on a friday so I don't have the problem with the junction mentioned above.