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Coventry 'malfunction junction' car crashes in simulation

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Media captionCars appear to collide in the simulation released by Coventry City Council

A simulation displaying how a £1m junction in Coventry would work shows several crashes, residents have said.

Coventry City Council put the 21-minute animation on its website to generate feedback on the proposal for the A45 junction with Broad Lane.

But residents, who have dubbed the scheme "malfunction junction", told the Coventry Telegraph the virtual model showed several crashes.

The city council said there may be a "glitch" in its model.

'Spot the crashes'

People contacted the newspaper via social media to say they had spotted a number of accidents in the virtual creation.

Twitter user @ChrisOnIce tweeted: "Will the paper be running a 'Spot the crashes' comp? I got 4 so far. Who the hell at @coventrycc actually approved this?"

Another, @makecoventrysaf tweeted: "erm this wont work in this video at 2.15 theres a crash so it cant work check yourself."

The council's head of traffic and transportation, Paul Bolton, said he wanted to "assure" residents the junction would be safe.

"Clearly we are not going to design it for cars to crash into each other," he said. "If there is a slight glitch in the model, we will have a look at that."

The authority has proposed a roundabout, with traffic lights on two of the approaches and puffin crossings, which would change access routes to the A45.

It said the work - which could begin in July - would be funded by a housing developer and was intended to ease congestion and improve safety.

However more than 100 people have signed a petition calling on the authority to abandon the plans.

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