WATCH: Drivers tackle Gapton Hall roundabout as traffic lights fail

PUBLISHED: 10:48 11 October 2018 | UPDATED: 15:22 11 October 2018

Drivers tackling the broken traffic lights at the Gapton Hall roundabout in Great Yarmouth.

Drivers tackling the broken traffic lights at the Gapton Hall roundabout in Great Yarmouth.


Failing traffic lights at one of Great Yarmouth’s busiest roundabouts caused morning tailbacks.

The lights at the Gapton Hall roundabout began to fail at around 9am and caused traffic to build up back to the Vauxhall roundabout.

The lights’ failure initially drivers confused and hesitant.

But once traffic had cleared, some reported that not having the lights had actually improved traffic.

Drivers reported no queuing at the lights.

Pete Marney, from Gorleston, said the fact drivers were using “common sense” had actually helped the flow of traffic.

“When I got to the Gapton Hall Roundabout there was no queuing on any road approaching the roundabout.

“The traffic lights were not working and common sense was being used for the traffic flow.

“Now I’m not saying this would stop all tailbacks but I know people in the past have blamed the traffic lights, this seems to prove it,” he said.

On Facebook, Jackson Wright said: “Every time they fail the traffic flows better.”

Louise Williams-White said: “Traffic was moving well when I was there half an hour ago, no accidents, no congestion.”

The Highways Agency, which is responsible for the lights, said a contractor from Kier had been sent out this afternoon.

The lights were working again as of around 2.30pm.

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