Drivers should face fewer red traffic lights following the relaxation of government guidance on the flow of traffic.
Councils can adopt so-called “green wave” systems of sensors, where vehicles at or just below the speed limit trigger a succession of green lights.
Environmental groups say carbon emissions will be reduced as a result of the “Green Wave.”
Environment pressure group Campaign for Better Transport said the schemes would make car driving more efficient, but claimed they would not get to the heart of the problem.
“They are fantastic so far as making the best available use of space and allowing drivers to drive in a smooth and therefore more efficient manner”, said campaigner Richard George.
“But they don’t tackle congestion in the long term because they don’t give people alternatives to driving.”
Simon Bush of Britannia Driving School said: “Green Wave is an excellent government initiative that will actually help motorists as they go about their business as well as reduce carbon emissions.”
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