Whilst on updates from the equally inept organisations that are TfL and Waltham Forest Council, I recently saw a blog on Crap Cycling & walking in Waltham Forest, which resolved the issue of the hooded cycle lights. The ones that have been not working for one year now.
According to this blog, TfL have committed to resolving the issue by March/April 2011.
Apparently there is some conflict between the car phase of the lights and the cyclist phase. So clearly the best way to resolve this is to remove all priority for the most vulnerable party and let them play some kind of cycling version of Russian Roulette with five lanes of traffic.
I would like to see what the response would be if the car phase was switched off for 18 months.