Green light awaited on signals review

Ocean Road and Anderson Street junction traffic issue due to new traffic lights
Ocean Road and Anderson Street junction traffic issue due to new traffic lights

A DECISION on whether to show the red or green light to controversial traffic lights in South Shields town centre remains on amber.

The lights, at the junction of Ocean Road and Anderson Street, South Shields, have attracted fierce criticism from drivers since they were installed in April this year.

Motorists claim they have been responsible for huge queues of up to 100 cars, and longer journey times.

South Tyneside Council launched a review of the set-up in May after a petition from more than 500 residents and drivers demanded they were axed, and called for the reinstatement of a roundabout at the junction.

Today a spokeswoman for the local authority said a review of how the traffic lights are currently functioning is still to be presented at a future meeting of the town’s Riverside community area forum (Caf) .

However, no specific date has been set for that to happen

The performance of the lights will come under particular scrutiny later this month, as the traditionally busy bank holiday weekend from August 23 will see pressure on town centre roads from an influx of additional visitors.

And how the junction deals with that pressure will be carefully monitored.

The council spokeswoman said: “We continue to review the scheme at the junction of Ocean Road and Anderson Street so we can get the best out of this busy junction for motorists and pedestrians.

“This work is ongoing, and we will be reporting back to the Riverside Caf in due course.

“We want to find the best solution that works for all road users.”

One Ocean Road resident has maintained that the majority of local residents are in favour of the controversial traffic lights being removed.

Ali Hayder, who stood as a Conservative candidate in Beacon and Bents at May’s local elections, has called on the council to re-think its original decision.

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

Since the lights were installed, alternative route signs appeared in a bid to direct traffic to the seafront along Beach Road in a bid to ease congestion.

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