'Traffic lights are so dictatorial' … but are roundabouts on the way out?
The UK is quietly replacing roundabouts with traffic lights. The US is doing the exact opposite. Both cite safety and traffic flow. So who is right?
You don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone. But unlike Joni Mitchell, I’m driving in Newcastle, not Honolulu, and it’s not a parking lot that they’ve paved paradise to put up, but yet another set of traffic lights.
Since resuming the school run last month, I’ve noticed that two different roundabouts on our route have vanished, replaced by junctions and traffic lights. My first reaction to the missing roundabouts was: where will the council plant its scrawny tree this Christmas?
Source: Guardian Transport