Missing traffic sensors cause of mystery delays on A194

Whitemare Pool
Whitemare Pool

Traffic bosses have apologised for causing delays for up to 30 minutes at a busy South Tyneside roundabout.

Drivers heading into the borough have been held up at White Mare Pool roundabout on the A194 during the morning and evening rush hours.

Whitemare Pool

Whitemare Pool

Mark Douglas got in touch with the Gazette earlier this week to say the tailbacks had been getting worse since the school holidays.

He believed that something had changed with the traffic light system.

Mr Douglas, who works in Hebburn, said: “The traffic light system was changed for South Shields-bound traffic last week during the holidays when the roads are usually quieter.

“The last two mornings I have queued between eight and 10 minutes, which is probably acceptable, but I have staff starting between 8.30am and 9am and they have queued for about 30 minutes.”

Now bosses at Highways England have confirmed Mr Douglas is in fact right.

Sensors on the northbound carriageway, which monitor the traffic levels and control the lights, had been temporarily removed.

However, they’re due to be replaced by the end of the week.

A spokesman for Highways England said: “We would like to apologise to drivers who have experienced congestion around White Mare Pool roundabout.

“We are carrying out re-cabling and resurfacing work in the area and have needed to temporarily remove some of the detectors on the northbound carriageway of the A194(M) that monitor traffic levels and control the traffic lights at the junction.

“These will be replaced by the end of the week and normal service resumed.”