Tauranga traffic lights fault blamed on lightning

The Brookfield traffic lights fault is intermittent. Photo: Supplied.

The Brookfield lights in Tauranga were out again on Wednesday, just 24 hours after being fixed by TCC contractors.

The 36 lights on the intersection have been faulty since the weekend, a situation people who have contacted SunLive are happy about as they say the traffic flows better when the lights are not working.

Council staff say the original fault stems from a lightning strike.

“A number of components were damaged and replaced but others have also developed intermittent faults,” says a statement from Tauranga City Council.

“We’re working through a fault finding process to trace and repair all residual issues.”

Council says while motorists may have experienced a marginal efficiency improvement at the uncontrolled roundabout, it’s to the detriment of pedestrians.

“With the shopping centre, school and a retirement village in the vicinity there are large numbers of vulnerable road users in the area.

“The signals improve safety and accessibility for those users, and also help balance out traffic flows during peak times. Fortunately, the current issues with the signals have been experienced during school holidays and with light traffic flows.”

All traffic signals in Tauranga are actively monitored and managed with their performance optimised to ensure they operate safely and efficiently, says the statement.

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