No doubt the callers to BBC Nolan won’t like it, but the decision by our administrator government to remove Belfast’s traffic lights is welcome.
For once, Belfast will now be ahead of the curve. Self-driving vehicles won’t need traffic lights anyway. It will only be a few years of chaos before the wisdom of the move becomes apparent.
In any case, traffic lights are expensive. Maintaining them is a pain. The money will be much better spent in keeping open half-used courthouses and training extra teachers who end up working in supermarkets.
The biggest advantage will be that the gridlock so caused will encourage even civil servants out of their cars and into public transport. The positive environmental impact will last almost as long as cars we drive ourselves.
Plenty of Dutch villages now manage without traffic lights, and so will Belfast. Ignore the negative naysayers.