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Friday 19 September 2014

Scilly to get first traffic lights

Published 12/04/2014 | 16:17

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Gardai will now have to stop at traffic lights

The Isles of Scilly are to get their first set of traffic lights - nearly 150 years after they were introduced in England.

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The traffic calming measures are to be installed temporarily on the islands, south of the Cornish mainland, while work is carried out on Scilly's airport.

It is believed to be the first time traffic lights have been installed on the islands, which have barely 10 miles of roads and little chance of any motorists breaking the national speed limit.

Scilly council chair Amanda Martin said: "I believe these are the first traffic lights we've had, although they are not on the road system.

" We have got a few A-class roads and to be honest a few people have a bit of a bug bear that we have to pay road tax.

"Obviously, there are cars on the islands - but motorists would find it hard to get much more than 20mph on the roads because they are so short.

"Put it this way, you'd struggle to get into fourth gear."

London's first traffic lights were installed in Westminster in 1868 to help MPs get to the House of Commons.

They were rolled out across much of Britain from the 1920s.

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