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New traffic lights ‘causing 100-car tailbacks’

COUNCIL SHOULD RECONSIDER ...  new traffic lights are causing delays at the junction of Ocean Road and Anderson Street.

COUNCIL SHOULD RECONSIDER ... new traffic lights are causing delays at the junction of Ocean Road and Anderson Street.

ANGRY motorists are seeing red over a new traffic light system which they say is causing major delays in South Shields town centre.

South Tyneside Council replaced a roundabout between Ocean Road and Anderson Street with a new traffic signal-controlled junction recently.

Town hall chiefs say they introduced it to improve road safety at the location, and insist the delays have now been dealt with.

But drivers say the road revamp has led to an increase in journey times of up to 50 minutes – with as many as 100 cars stuck in queues waiting for lights to go green.

Ali Hayter, 47, an Ocean Road resident, has questioned why council chiefs decided to make the change.

He said: “Nine out of 10 residents I have spoken to are against the new traffic light system.

“I have seen as many as 100 cars stuck in traffic waiting for the lights to change.

“I don’t know why they have changed from the roundabout.

“It is causing tailbacks and congestion.

“I would like the council to reconsider whether this is the right decision. It will only get worse in the months to come with more people visiting the seafront in the summer.”

Fellow motorist Anor Mahi added: “It is very bad. It has put an extra 10 to 15 minutes on my journey every morning.

“It was a very bad decision to do this.”

A spokesman for South Tyneside Council said: “The traffic lights are one of a number of improvements to Ocean Road aimed at enhancing its safety and attractiveness, and improving road safety at this busy location.

“The improvements will provide a more attractive, and safer pedestrian crossing for both residents and visitors to the town and create an even stronger link between the Riverside at Harton Quays Park with the town centre and onto the foreshore and Haven Point.

“As with any significant junction improvement we have experienced some delays as the changes at Ocean Road have been implemented, but I’m pleased to say that these have been all but dealt with now, and I thank motorists for their patience during this time.”

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