Have Your Say: We need to go with the flow
I AM very surprised and disappointed to see that Swansea Council are preparing to put cameras on top of traffic lights so as "they will be able to see the traffic jams" from their offices (Post, Sept 6).
As a councillor for St Thomas from 1996 to 2004 I complained on numerous occasions for something to be done about co-ordinating the traffic light system in Swansea, without success.
During that time my son spent almost four months in hospital in Birmingham, during which time I spent numerous occasions travelling back and forth to Birmingham to visit my son.
I could travel from the M5 to almost the centre of Birmingham, on a similar road system as we have in Swansea, without having to stop, so long as I kept to the speed limit, of 30 or 40 mph.
I suggested that someone from the council should travel to either Birmingham or Bristol, where they have a similar system, to date I am unsure whether a visit to either city has taken place.
How can the council expect to get traffic flowing, when they can look out of more than half the windows in County Hall, and see the traffic chaos on Oystermouth Road. I travel this road on three or four days a week, and it infuriates me to go through the first set of lights only to see the next set of lights, 30 to 50 yards away changing to red. Surely it is time to get expert advice from people who know about traffic lights, mainly to keep the traffic flowing but also cut down on the carbon emissions and the frustration-led road rage.
Wouldn't it be better to sort the problem out rather than spending £100,000 to watch the traffic chaos on a screen in an office in County Hall?