Concerns traffic lights are causing problems at £7.5million road scheme

Traffic is reduced to one lane in either direction during the lengthy roadworks.
Traffic is reduced to one lane in either direction during the lengthy roadworks.

Motorists have criticised the reliance on traffic lights at the Lindisfarne Roundabouts after a £7.5million scheme was completed.

Severe delays have been reported since the year-long project ended this week.

Many drivers have questioned why transport bosses did not scrap the lights at the traffic hot spot in favour of free-flowing roundabouts.

On the Gazette’s Facebook page, June Mcleod said: “Think they could have saved a fortune by not having lights at bottom of John Reid Road. Works better without them.”

Paul Fletch added: “Instead of 100m of two-lane traffic waiting at the traffic lights, we now have 100m of three-lane traffic waiting at the traffic lights!”

Leslie Brown wrote: “First time in months held up with the traffic lights here.”

A South Tyneside Council spokesman said: “As with any major road improvement scheme, the performance of the signals will be monitored to ensure motorists have as smooth a journey as possible with minimal delays.”

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