I was coming out of Calvary Hospital onto Haydon Dr. at 8.30pm on Sat. night and then turning right onto Belconnen Way. There were 16 000 people at a Brumbies match just up the road. The lights to get onto Haydon Dr from Calvary were totally nonfunctional, as were the lights at the major Haydon/Belco Way intersection… and as were the next set, as I recall. No police, and a lot of luck that the light traffic was being quite polite.
Given that thousands of people would shortly all be attempting to leave Bruce Stadium, I did the right thing and phoned Canberra Connect, stressing the urgency of the situation. They told me there had been a power outage northside but they weren’t aware that the traffic lights were affected. A little while later they rang me back and said they were notifiying police comms.
My question is: in these days of computers and sophisticated electronic circuitry, why isn’t there a system whereby someone’s computer goes ‘bleep’ when a set of traffic lights loses power?