Drivers attempting to leave Aztec West this evening faced delays of up to an hour due to badly configured traffic lights.
Here are two photos showing some of the queue in Aztec West:
I walked out of the business park and discovered that the huge queues were caused by the phasing of the traffic lights.
Here’s the traffic on the Aztec roundabout from Bristol followed by the traffic from Bradley Stoke:
I think it’s obvious from these photos that the traffic from both these directions was very light. These photos are both captured from a (non-too-exciting) video that I took showing the sequencing of the lights. The video shows that the lights allow traffic to flow from Bristol, then from Bradley Stoke, then from Bristol, then from Bradley Stoke and then finally allow a few vehicles out of the business park.
Here’s a photo of Bradley Stoke Way showing a complete lack of queues:
I took the Bradley Stoke photo some 15 minutes after the others because I walked home having abandoned my car in work.
Drivers in Aztec West have been facing variable traffic conditions for months as different traffic light settings are experimented with. The traffic this evening is probably the worst that it’s been so far. I do remember that the traffic was bad on polling day back in June but that was only a relatively minor 20 minute delay.
A small selection of public tweets on the issue
@sgloscouncil absolute joke, what idiots messed the traffic light sequence up!! Aztec west at an absolute gridlock!!
— Liz Jones (@lizjones_10) August 2, 2017
@sgloscouncil Hi, when can we expect an explanation for the crippling of Aztec west business park with the new lights at the roundabout?
— Gary Chapman (@chappersgary) August 2, 2017
Signal Engineers on site since PM and will continue to try resolve problems/faults. Will monitor site through evening and tomorrow too
— South Glos Council (@sgloscouncil) August 2, 2017
Can't be hard to diagnose the lights from Aztec West onto the a38 don't go green in any sequence with the other feeds onto the roundabout
— Andrew McLelland (@myammi) August 2, 2017
We are aware of software issue with signals at Aztec West. Engineers on site yesterday evening to isolate & will attend today to monitor.
— South Glos Council (@sgloscouncil) August 3, 2017
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