Letters: Longer amber would give drivers some light relief

Red boxes are for the use of cyclists only
Red boxes are for the use of cyclists only
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I have concerns regarding the article “Know the rules or pay a fine say police” (News, May 7). I would like someone from the police to explain exactly how the red boxes at junctions are supposed to be treated.

As a responsible driver I leave these areas free for cyclist 99 per cent of the time. However, for various reasons I may end up being caught in the middle of one.

What am I to do if I am getting close to traffic lights and they suddenly change?

Where possible I will always stop at the first line but on occasion there is not always time to come to a safe stop at the first line, in which case I would assume the safest thing to do is stop at the second line.

If you are not allowed into the red box under any circumstances then this will reduce a driver’s reaction time by more than a car’s length.

If I am not meant to be in the red box, this leaves me with one of two options.

If I become aware that lights are changing when I am relatively close, I will either have to slam the brakes on very hard to avoid entering the box, risking someone else running into my rear, or else I would have to increase my speed and possibly risk running a red light. If rules such as this are to be enforced then drivers must be given a fair chance.

I call for a lengthening of the amber light. In Canada when an amber light shows it stays on for about 20-30 seconds, giving everyone a fair chance to stop.

In this country lights often go from green to red within about five seconds and if you are fairly close then this is sometimes not enough time to make a proper judgement.

Alastair Macintyre, Webster Place, Rosyth

No final reward for many fans

I READ on the Hibernian FC website that there was to be a ballot for 500 pairs of cup final tickets among fans who turned up for Monday night’s game at Easter Road against Dunfermline.

This seems to be very unfair as that could have been the only game an individual attended all season and yet they could qualify for two cup final tickets, unlike the people I have met that have been to games earlier in the season, who travelled to Ayr and Glasgow during the cup run before the team reached the final.

Surely the club should have made sure these fans were allowed an allocation of cup final tickets before someone whose visit on Monday night may have been the only game they have attended all season.

I am not a supporter of Hibs but if the club I support treated fans who have watched matches throughout the season like this, I would not be back.

Ivor Birnie, Gentles Entry, Edinburgh

If only we would follow French

THE victory by Mr Hollande in the French presidential election is excellent news. His proposal for a rise in corporation tax to 35 per cent shows that the UK policy of slashing taxes for multi-nationals is nonsense in a time of large deficits.

Will French companies leave France en masse? No they won’t, as they will see the deficit reducing and the economy growing. If only the current governments in the UK and Scotland would stop this ridiculous race to the bottom because Rupert Murdoch demands it, we might all be better off.

Dave Cochrane, Spottiswoode Street, Edinburgh

No doubt over future of theatre

LEITH Theatre Trust members read with interest the comments made by Jennifer Marlborough (Letters, May 1).

Leith Theatre Trust is a charity established to examine the options for the re-use of the theatre complex. Since 2008 it has been examining options to re-use the theatre and associated buildings.

Following an extensive feasibility exercise, which demonstrated that there is a viable future for the theatre, the council’s leisure and cultural services committee voted last week to begin negotiations to grant the trust a five-year licence over the theatre in order to develop these ideas. This opens the way for the trust to seek significant grant funding.

This outcome has only been achieved through a sustained effort over a number of years with the trust working closely with council officials.

It is certainly wrong to say that the future of the theatre is in doubt.

Philip Neaves, chair, Leith Theatre Trust