Broken traffic lights caused hours of traffic chaos in Chester City Centre over the weekend.
Motorists were ‘taking their lives into their own hands’ for at least two hours because of faults at two sets of lights on Bridge Street and Grosvenor Street, according to onlooker John Murray, who described the scene as ‘carnage’.
Mr Murray had been shopping in the city on Saturday afternoon and was walking to meet his wife for a drink at The Falcon when he noticed a large build up of traffic due to the fact the lights at the junction of Bridge Street and Pepper Street were stuck on green and the ones at Bridge Street and Lower Bridge Street stuck on red.
“Cars were pulling out left right and centre and pedestrians and drivers were taking their lives into their hands,” he told The Chronicle. “Some drivers were taking risks while those going straight on were blissfully unaware of the problem and sounding their horns. It was like carnage. Staff at The Falcon told me the lights had been stuck like that for at least an hour before I arrived. They would have been out of action for at least two hours.”
After witnessing two cars narrowly avoiding a collision, Mr Murray rang Cheshire police’s non emergency line to report it but was simply told that the council were aware of the issue and that the incident had been logged.
“However, not long after that, I did see a police car arrive, take a look around and then just drive off again,” recalled Mr Murray. “I found it odd that they didn’t try to direct the traffic because there were horns blasting and all sorts. It was extremely lucky nobody was hurt.”
A Cheshire West and Chester Council spokesperson said: “The traffic lights were stuck due to a component failure. We received information that there was an error at 3.43pm and an engineer was on site at 5.02pm. It took around 15 minutes to repair.”
A Cheshire police spokesperson had not responded to The Chronicle at time of going to press.