Drivers seeing red over long delays at South Shields roundabout

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

Drivers are still seeing red over long delays at a busy South Tyneside roundabout.

For the last few weeks the morning rush hour has seen big tailbacks from the roundabout at the junction of John Reid Road and the A194 Leam Lane.

Last week council chiefs said they were aware there is an issue at the junction and are working with the regional traffic signals group to fix the problem.

However, commuters are still angry that they are being held up on their way in and out of the borough.

One of the problems has been that motorists looking to turn left from John Reid Road find themselves with only a few seconds of green traffic lights because of traffic jams stretching back from the Lindisfarne Roundabout.

Only three or four cars are able to squeeze through before the lights turn back to red.

Council bosses say changes have been made to the traffic signals and the current situation is being monitored by Urban Traffic Management Control officials.

A South Tyneside Council spokesman said: “Following previous congestion concerns, changes have been made to the operation of the traffic signals which control the two junctions. This did improve the situation, although some congestion will still occur at peak times due to heavy vehicular flows.

“The current situation is being monitored by the Urban Traffic Management Control centre (which is a partnership of authorities in Tyne and Wear and Nexus) South Tyneside Council is in contact with the regional traffic signals group regarding the junctions and will consider further changes should this prove necessary.”

A 33–year–old commuter who works in South Shields was held up for 20 minutes on Friday morning.

He said: “I was trying to use the roundabout to head down Newcastle Road and into South Shields town centre but I was stuck for about 15 minutes.

“This has happened numerous times in recent weeks and it’s becoming rather annoying.”