If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. That’s what the old adage says.
Someone clearly needs to remind transport bosses at the Highways Agency, who are planning to rip up parts of the county’s busiest road network which, in the eyes of the average driver, are working perfectly fine.
We are not just talking a few pennies, either. Around £9 million is to be spent on four junctions, including the A49 Preston Boats roundabout and A5 Emstrey island in Shrewsbury.
Ask most motorists, and they will tell you the Preston Boats junction works very well. Yet officials want to add the same traffic lights which have caused misery at Emstrey, just a few yards down the road.
There has been no clamour for this investment, no raft of serious accidents demanding urgent changes, and no reports of horrendous, unpalatable tailbacks.
But that did not stop highways officials from installing lights at the previously trouble-free Emstrey. One wonders whose agenda they are working to.
You do not need to be an expert to understand that roundabouts work as an effective form of traffic management. So do traffic lights, in isolation.
But when you blend the two, it seems to be a recipe for avoidable chaos.
Trench Lock in Telford is a perfect example. For years it was a showcase of a new town built on a network of islands, guaranteeing smooth traffic flow with barely a red light in sight. Since the addition of traffic lights, it has become a stop-start blackspot.
The same can be said for the Emstrey, which is now bafflingly complicated; a road rage incident waiting to happen.
It is hard to understand how such vast expense in times of austerity, coupled with months of inconvenience and frustration for drivers, can really be justified.