The MP for Chippenham has met with Wiltshire Council over concerns about the Station Hill traffic lights.

Michelle Donelan MP met with Wiltshire Council’s cabinet member for highways, Dr Mark McClelland and highways and environment director Parvis Khansari last week to discuss the controversial traffic lights at Station Hill.

In the meeting, the universities secretary said she put forward concerns raised by residents on the traffic lights on the corner of Station Hill and New Road -- explaining they were far less busy than usual due to half term.

This was acknowledged by the local authority and it gave its reassurances to improve the situation.

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It also agreed to attend a public meeting to answer residents’ questions.

“I was pleased that Cllr McClelland was so quick to respond to my request to meet and that he was able to come to Chippenham to see the impact of the lights,” the MP said.

“I will now seek to find a convenient date as soon as possible to hold the meeting and look forward to updating everyone.”

Cllr McClelland said: “We apologise for any inconvenience caused by the new traffic lights in the Chippenham Western Arches area.

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“We installed these lights to make crossing safer for pedestrians and cyclists as part of the wider station improvement works, and as this is a change to the previous road layout, there are times that vehicles will have to wait at the lights while pedestrians and cyclists cross safely.

“When any new traffic lights are installed, there is always a settling-in period, during which we monitor the traffic flows and adjust the timing of the lights to ensure they are working as optimally as possible.

“Our engineers are working to improve the efficiency of the lights and minimise travel disruption, and we will continue to monitor the signals and adjust them as required.

“We would be happy to attend any meeting arranged by Michelle Donelan MP to discuss this.”