Further to the upgrade of the Foot of the Walk junction layout, completed in June, MacLay Civil Engineering are to install inductive loop traffic detectors (vehicle detection loops) for the new signals at the junction. Whilst the junction is operating effectively, the installation of the loops will further improve this by automatically adjusting the timings of the signal phases when necessary, depending on vehicle numbers.
The addition of the detectors is scheduled to start on Monday 2 November and is expected to take around 3 to 4 days to complete depending on progress. Temporary traffic management arrangements will be in place during this period involving 4-way temporary lights incorporating the pedestrian crossings on all legs of the junction. This same arrangement was used earlier in the summer during the initial commissioning, for a short time, when a power supply problem prevented them from being switched on. Contractors will also use these upcoming arrangements to carry out work to a utilities chamber cover in the carriageway at the same time.
Traffic management details:
· Working times are to be from 0930hrs to 1530hrs each day
· The temporary signals will be manually operated when they are in operation
· The permanent signals will be in operation at all other times
· Advance warning signage is to be erected a week in advance of the work commencing.
The temporary arrangements will inevitably result in some disruption and longer waiting times at the junction over this time for some but the contractors will be looking to get the work completed as quickly as possible in order to ensure this is kept to a minimum. Stakeholders, however, may want to inform customers, delivery companies, family, or friends who will be travelling in the area during these days in advance so they can alter their journey planning if required.