Drivers seeing red over ‘nightmare’ traffic lights at John Reid Road junction

Traffic backing up the John Reid Road from the roundabout at Simonside.
Traffic backing up the John Reid Road from the roundabout at Simonside.

Commuters are seeing red – far more than green – as council bosses admit there are signalling issues at a busy South Tyneside roundabout.

The morning rush hour has seen big tailbacks from the roundabout at the junction of John Reid Road and the A194 Leam Lane in recent weeks.

We are aware of an issue with the signals.

Council spokesman

Motorists turning left find themselves with only a few seconds of green traffic lights because of traffic jams still at the Lindisfarne Roundabout – with only three or four cars being able to squeeze through before the lights turn back to red.

Council chiefs say they are aware there is an issue with the junction and are working with the regional traffic signals group to fix the problem.

A South Tyneside Council spokesman said: “We are aware of an issue with the signals at this particular junction and we are working with the regional traffic signals group to get the problem resolved as soon as possible.”

Some motorists have had to wait up to 30 minutes before they were able to use the roundabout and continue with their journey.

A 29-year-old commuter from Harton Village, South Shields, said: “You naturally expect delays when travelling during the morning rush hour and this roundabout is usually busy.

“But for the last fortnight it’s been a nightmare. I’ve sat there for up to 30 minutes some mornings waiting to turn left so I can use the slip road to join the A19.

“It’s so frustrating watching the lights turn green but nobody is able to move as the cars are still backed up from the other roundabout.

“Then when that traffic moves only three cars from the John Reid Road are making it through.

“It gets even worse because cars exiting the Scotch Estate are also joining the road.

“If you’re stuck just behind this junction, you’re basically stuck there for ages.”

She added: “Usually it takes me 30 to 40 minutes to travel to work in Houghton, now it’s more than double that.”