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'Confusing' Elgin traffic lights to be revamped

By Alistair Whitfield

MORAY Council plans to take action to tackle driver confusion at the traffic lights on the South Street/Hay Street junction in Elgin.

The local authority has written to Moray's MSP Richard Lochhead to say it will instal a green filter for traffic coming from the direction of Dr Gray’s and turning towards the railway station.

In the letter the council's head of Direct Services, Stephen Cooper, outlines the hope that this will improve driver discipline as well as reduce queues at peak periods.

Richard Lochhead besides the traffic lights in South Street
Richard Lochhead besides the traffic lights in South Street

Mr Lochhead, whose constituency office is just metres away from the junction, raised concerns following a series of near misses.

He said: “After the roundabout was replaced a number of drivers contacted me to express their concerns about the confusion being caused by the new layout.

"Vehicles travelling from either side of South Street, for example, can be heading in three different directions and it’s clear that some drivers are confused as to who has right of way.

“I know there have been a couple of collisions and I’ve personally witnessed many near misses.

"It's an issue mentioned to me by staff at Dr Gray’s A&E department who’ve treated patients injured at the junction since the lights were installed.

“I’m pleased that the council have now looked at what can be done.

"Hopefully this new filter can resolve some of the problems we’ve seen in recent months."

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