Traffic light rethink for roadworks

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PORTABLE traffic signals will be set up around any roadworks in Edinburgh where a pedestrian crossing has to be removed.

The change is expected to apply whenever a pelican crossing is temporarily removed for works lasting for at least one week.

Under previous council regulations, crossings have typically been taken away for safety reasons. The switch in policy is expected to be approved at Tuesday’s transport committee meeting.

The cost of installing portable traffic signals at affected sites would be paid for by the council or relevant contractor. The equipment costs between £100 and £1000 to hire for a week.

Green transport spokesman Councillor Nigel Bagshaw has led the push, having first called for the change in February this year.

A council report said: “For shorter works or less busy sites, the expense and work involved in providing any portable pedestrian facility would be difficult to justify and would have significant financial implications for contractors, public utilities or the council.”