Such a needless infestation

PUBLISHED : Monday, 29 November, 1999, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 29 November, 1999, 12:00am

Three cheers for Ross Mitchell, whose letter headlined, 'Roundabouts are better', appeared in the South China Morning Post, on November 22.

However, Stanley Gap Road is far from the only place where roundabouts would be much more beneficial than traffic lights.

I wrote a letter to these columns some seven or eight years ago on the same subject.

Since then we have seen more traffic lights appear in many other locations, a good deal of which could well have been effectively replaced by roundabouts.

The New Territories should be re-named Traffic Light Territories, as the roads in locations such as Sha Tin, Ma On Shan and Tin Shui Wai have been infested with the wretched red, amber and green illuminations.

Some of the crossroads in these 'new towns' are absolutely massive, and provide more than enough space for at least two roundabouts.

So why install traffic lights? Buses and taxis seem to ignore red and amber lights, and speed through the junctions in spite of the dangers from oncoming traffic.

At least they would have to slow down for a roundabout.

Perhaps the Hong Kong Transport Department should send someone over to Milton Keynes in England, where a new city was built in the 1970s and 1980s.

The traffic flow in this city is the envy of every town in the UK, as roundabouts are the preferred method of traffic management.

I think I am right in saying that there is just one set of traffic lights in the whole city. If that kind of system can work there, why can't it work here? RICHARD CASTKA Tai Po