Infinitely worse for all road users
Just down the road from here they've put in about ten sets of lights where previously there was one roundabout and one set of lights. There are now traffic jams all day. There were never any serious jams before.
I walk up that road frequently, and walking is a slow process too. Every junction involves waiting for two sets of pedestrian lights, sometimes three. The place is lined with 'cattle fences' to stop people crossing anywhere else except the lights, and cyclists are concerned about being crushed against these. Hence, although there are cycle lanes, they use the pavement.
Then there is a rash of the 'bollard disease' where a section of pavement already too narrow for the volume of foot-traffic has had a third of its already-inadequate width taken away by a set of metal spikes stuck in the ground. What for, God knows.
That, and they're using a new style of lights with no 'green man' except at the pushbutton. That means you have to rely purely on the audible signal, or the person nearest the button starting to cross, you don't actually know if the lights are red or green. I've seem several cases where a brake-squeal has led-to pedestrians stepping-into the path of traffic. Sooner or later there's going to be an incident where a bus or lorry with squeaky brakes mows-down a crowd of people.
Not far away, there is a junction where you have to make violent swerve into the outside lane with only a few yards' warning, to avoid being chicaned-off left. You can tell when you're walking near this junction, by the constant peal of horns and the occasional screech of tyres.
-Thing is, I'm not aware that there was any particular traffic problem in this street before they started on these changes. All of the problems have been created BY the changes.
-What do these planners smoke, I ask?