Rogue slug brings Darlington traffic to standstill

The Northern Echo: UNDER ATTACK: The traffic lights at the junction of Whinfield Road and Whinbush Way UNDER ATTACK: The traffic lights at the junction of Whinfield Road and Whinbush Way

A WAYWARD slug caused traffic chaos after it crawled into traffic lights and shorted a circuit board.

Council engineers were stumped when the lights went out and called in contractors after one of Darlington’s major junctions was brought to a standstill on Friday morning.

The Northern Echo: Slug

The contractors found the slug’s body when they opened the control box at the lights in Whinfield Road’s junction with Whinbush Way, near Asda.

The lights were fixed by noon after the circuit board was replaced. The control box will be sealed to stop other creatures getting in.

Councillor Chris McEwan, Darlington Borough Council’s member for Haughton East, said he had received a number of complaints from residents about traffic delays on Friday.

He said: “There had been a few complaints about the lights for the past few weeks, so I just thought it was more teething problems.

"A slug was certainly the last thing I was expecting to have caused the problem.

“We do not know how long the slug had been there.

Unfortunately, it was dead by the time we found it, so we were unable to question it.

“Sadly, you just can’t legislate for a rogue slug trying to take out Darlington’s traffic system.”

A council spokeswoman said: “The lights have been in place since March this year. Over the last month, we have experienced a number of faults with them and have been monitoring the situation closely.

“The control box will be resealed this week and this should prevent any more small creatures from accessing this area and, hopefully, see an end to the recent spate of technical problems we have experienced with the lights.

“We would like to thank residents and road users for their patience.”

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9:29am Wed 14 Sep 11

harry2 says...

how funny from the headline i was expecting a rare slup top be crossing the road lol .
how funny from the headline i was expecting a rare slup top be crossing the road lol . harry2
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9:53am Wed 14 Sep 11

smokin says...

must have taken weeks to crawl up there
must have taken weeks to crawl up there smokin
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10:12am Wed 14 Sep 11

jabdc5, the land that's still trying to recover from the last tory government. says...

quick...its getting away!
quick...its getting away! jabdc5, the land that's still trying to recover from the last tory government.
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11:16am Wed 14 Sep 11

smokin says...

try living on my pension I worked for 46 years and get the basic in my day wages were so low you couldn't afford to save or put anything away to retire on why are they so different from me ?
try living on my pension I worked for 46 years and get the basic in my day wages were so low you couldn't afford to save or put anything away to retire on why are they so different from me ? smokin
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12:14pm Wed 14 Sep 11

harry2 says...

there is always someone to turn a light hearted story into a dig at council workers
there is always someone to turn a light hearted story into a dig at council workers harry2
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3:29pm Wed 14 Sep 11

David Lacey says...

Council engineers????
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How dare this journal describe jumped up handymen as engineers? To be an engineer you have to be Chartered and this means membeship of one of the professional bodies such as the Institute of Electrical Engineers.
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Had a proper qualified engineer turned out the problem would have been identified and fixed in seconds.
Council engineers???? . How dare this journal describe jumped up handymen as engineers? To be an engineer you have to be Chartered and this means membeship of one of the professional bodies such as the Institute of Electrical Engineers. . Had a proper qualified engineer turned out the problem would have been identified and fixed in seconds. David Lacey
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4:13pm Wed 14 Sep 11

Laird says...

Wrong Mr Lacey,
To be an Engineer you do not need to be Chartered.
You sound like you know what you are talking about - but unfortunately you are spouting a load of tosh.
Wrong Mr Lacey, To be an Engineer you do not need to be Chartered. You sound like you know what you are talking about - but unfortunately you are spouting a load of tosh. Laird
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5:11pm Wed 14 Sep 11

paul1963 says...

can we get a group of slugs to visit haughton road throughabout and have a day of free flowing traffic for a change
can we get a group of slugs to visit haughton road throughabout and have a day of free flowing traffic for a change paul1963
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6:54pm Wed 14 Sep 11

Nicholas_Till says...

Darlington emerges as a city of vibrant biotechnology. Well, I dare say the slug vibrated when it got zapped. Perhaps they'll make a statue of it, peacefully eating a row of salad leaves on the banks of the burst water-main thingie in High Row.

Just think - the slug put out their lights for *nothing*! We in Durham have had to watch Durham City Vandal, the Council and endless cowboy consultants and contractors banjax the vital lights in Saddler Street, and then put them back,for some pretty large amount of money.

Mind, they did put them back, and are thus probably still maintaining a hair's-breadth lead over the capabilities of a slug. But who knows, in little sheds and attics all over Darlington the fanatical workforce of the Tornado and other enterprises is probably breeding smart slugs that can re-wire lights and other useful stuff and don't need more than the contents of a compost bag now and then.
Darlington emerges as a city of vibrant biotechnology. Well, I dare say the slug vibrated when it got zapped. Perhaps they'll make a statue of it, peacefully eating a row of salad leaves on the banks of the burst water-main thingie in High Row. Just think - the slug put out their lights for *nothing*! We in Durham have had to watch Durham City Vandal, the Council and endless cowboy consultants and contractors banjax the vital lights in Saddler Street, and then put them back,for some pretty large amount of money. Mind, they did put them back, and are thus probably still maintaining a hair's-breadth lead over the capabilities of a slug. But who knows, in little sheds and attics all over Darlington the fanatical workforce of the Tornado and other enterprises is probably breeding smart slugs that can re-wire lights and other useful stuff and don't need more than the contents of a compost bag now and then. Nicholas_Till
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7:09pm Thu 15 Sep 11

harry2 says...

Constructive and insightful hmm makes me sound quite intellegant, I like that.
Constructive and insightful hmm makes me sound quite intellegant, I like that. harry2
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8:15pm Fri 16 Sep 11

schindler says...

Well the slug might of fused the lights, but the traffic still kept moving, slowly but moving all the same.
Well the slug might of fused the lights, but the traffic still kept moving, slowly but moving all the same. schindler
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11:11am Sat 17 Sep 11

antihypocrisy says...

Laird wrote:
Wrong Mr Lacey,
To be an Engineer you do not need to be Chartered.
You sound like you know what you are talking about - but unfortunately you are spouting a load of tosh.
As he always does! the likes of him, DM and NS are no better than trolls! taking every chance to ridicule ANY opposing opinion. In my opinion they all need to get out more and experience real life instead of using these pages 24/7. Its pretty obvious, however, they have no one to preach to in the "real world" so are left with a lonely cyberlife to spout their hate!
[quote][p][bold]Laird[/bold] wrote: Wrong Mr Lacey, To be an Engineer you do not need to be Chartered. You sound like you know what you are talking about - but unfortunately you are spouting a load of tosh.[/p][/quote]As he always does! the likes of him, DM and NS are no better than trolls! taking every chance to ridicule ANY opposing opinion. In my opinion they all need to get out more and experience real life instead of using these pages 24/7. Its pretty obvious, however, they have no one to preach to in the "real world" so are left with a lonely cyberlife to spout their hate! antihypocrisy
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8:50pm Sun 18 Sep 11

Lifetime Townie says...

Amazing how such a story of triviality can stir up a load of childish rubbish between contributors. Nothing new in mice, spiders, bats, rats and other animals interferring with electrical systems, it happens all the time and is usually resolved without further thought on the subject.
Amazing how such a story of triviality can stir up a load of childish rubbish between contributors. Nothing new in mice, spiders, bats, rats and other animals interferring with electrical systems, it happens all the time and is usually resolved without further thought on the subject. Lifetime Townie
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3:56am Mon 19 Sep 11

Zach S. says...

How very odd... a friend of mine just sent me this article. On the very night this article was posted, a slug crawled inside my wall heater (like a space heater, just a little electric thing). I heard crackling and saw something on fire, so I called the fire department... It turned out that a 4" green slug was the culprit. The heater wasn't even turned on - the slug just happened to find two live wires.
How very odd... a friend of mine just sent me this article. On the very night this article was posted, a slug crawled inside my wall heater (like a space heater, just a little electric thing). I heard crackling and saw something on fire, so I called the fire department... It turned out that a 4" green slug was the culprit. The heater wasn't even turned on - the slug just happened to find two live wires. Zach S.
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