Problems with Downton traffic lights caused by 'tampering'

Roadworks Traffic Cones

Published by Faye Tryhorn at 5:27am 12th October 2018.

The roadworks on Wick Lane led to queues of more than an hour during Thursday morning's rush hour (October 11th).

The four way temporary traffic signals have been causing some disruption over the last few weeks.

But yesterday, the impact grew, with no initial explanation as to why.

Now, we've had a statement from PMC, the civil engineering firm that's been contracted to carry out the roadworks.

They've said sorry for the problems caused:

"We were made aware at just after 7.30am of queues forming due to issues with the temporary traffic signals at Wick Lane, Downton. We were liaising with A Plant Lux Traffic Management and their man on site throughout the morning to establish the issues and get the lights up and running again.

"A Plant have informed us that unfortunately someone overnight has tampered with the controller unit for the lights and caused it to lock the engineer out. He was not able to access the controls so could not change the lights. It has now been fitted with a lock so going forward they should not be tampered with. We apologise for the inconvenience caused to anyone stuck in the queues on Thursday morning."


With the traffic lights causing long tailbacks in all directions, we're told there was a huge impact on the Trafalgar School at Downton on Thursday morning (October 11th).

Trafalgar School - Downton (Mike Draper) (4)

The school's headteacher, Stewart Roderick has sent some details to Spire FM, saying 60% of their students were late for school and weren't in class for their first lesson of the day.

It also affected 38 members of staff, out of the 88 they have at the site.

The school's described the situation as 'unacceptable' and are 'seeking reassurance that there won't be any further impact on the education of students'.


The works on Wick Lane have been ongoing for the last 6 weeks.

According to Wiltshire Council's roadworks calendar, they're scheduled to continue through to next Friday (October 19th).

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