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I've often suspected the whole traffic light and amendments to road layouts was a stitch up to make traffic worse to be able to penalise the motorist more, especially when you see some of the STUPID stuff they do in Portsmouth...
Traffic lights 100yards apart with different phasing, perfectly working roundabouts replaced with traffic lights etc.
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Ive noticed things like this too.
in Milton Keynes (between the hockey stadium and staples for those that know the place) they have demolished a roundabout and replaced it with the worst set of traffic lights I have ever known.
Before the lights were there, there were very little holdups ... and now theres holdups all the time, even on weekend mornings, when previously you could drive straight through
this used to be a regular route for me, but I avoid it now.
Someone got a lot of money for messing that route up