IF you drive in Hounslow it is doubtful you will have escaped the frustration of queuing at seemingly pointless traffic lights.

Now TfL are trying to combat road rage by removing 145 lights across London – including some in Hounslow, Isleworth and Brentford.
TfL have identified three areas in the borough where traffic lights have "no real purpose".

Lights that TfL are considering moving include a set in Brentford High Street near Brentford lock, some in Twickenham Road, near Townfield Way and lights and a Toucan Crossing in Whitton Road by Hanworth Terrace.

A TfL spokeswoman said: "Unnecessary traffic signals can contribute to stop-start traffic, and impede the smooth flow of vehicles and pedestrians. Many signals have been in place for 20 years or more, during which time changes in the way roads are used may have left some of them with no real purpose."

Each set of signals are to undergo a strict safety assessment before their removal to ensure there will be no adverse impact on pedestrians or drivers.
The overall outcome of the review is to achieve an average six per cent reduction in stop-start traffic delays at each site.
The plan was praised by Kulveer Ranger, the Mayor of London's transport advisor, he said: "There are few things more annoying that sitting at a traffic light on red for no apparent reason.
"By getting rid of them, we hope we can smooth traffic flow across London and deliver real improvements for all road users."
TfL reviewed 1,003 sets of lights across the capital last year and are now consulting with cpuncils on whether to remove them or replace them with alternative measures.

A Hounslow Council spokesman said: "TfL has written to London boroughs suggesting areas where traffic flow might be improved. We are working with TfL and considering the feasibility of these suggestions, along with the needs of all road users in the borough.

“There are three sites currently under consideration – however of primary concern is the safety of road users and pedestrians, so any changes will not be made unless we’re satisfied completely that safety standards are met.”