THE mayor of Sunderland says the situation with traffic lights on a busy roundabout are causing a go-slow headache each day for thousands of motorists.
Coun Stuart Porthouse, who serves St Chad’s ward, says he has been inundated with complaints from constituents about the A690/A19 junction at East Herrington since new lights were installed.
Drivers are complaining that they appear to be waiting much longer for the lights to change and they also believe when you stop at one red light the sequence continues at each set of lights.
Coun Porthouse added that no car lanes are also creating problems, with some drivers not adhering to the rule and continuing to use them.
Coun Porthouse told the Echo: “I noticed a short delay the other day and then when I received a number of complaints it was encouraging to learn that the problem was in hand and hopefully we should see an improvement after the road is resurfaced and the inductive loops are installed and working.
“We also have an on-going issue with motorists ignoring the “No Car” lane markings on Durham Road especially at busy times.
I noticed a short delay the other day and then when I received a number of complaints it was encouraging to learn that the problem was in hand and hopefully we should see an improvement after the road is resurfaced and the inductive loops are installed and workingCoun Stuart Porthouse
“I have requested the Highways Engineers re-consider the use of these lanes.
“It’s obvious the police do not have the resources and cannot enforce the “No Car” rule so “I believe it’s best we have restrictions removed which I believe will help the flow of traffic.”
Paul Lewins, network operations manager at Sunderland City Council, said: “We are aware of motorists’ concerns, and doing everything we can to minimise disruption while work continues to improve long-term traffic flow along this busy stretch of road.
“The works are not yet complete.
“Essential resurfacing work is scheduled for May, and we are working with our traffic management partners Highway Operations and Northumbrian Roads to put final arrangements in place.
“At this time it will be possible to install traffic detector loops that will significantly improve the operation of the traffic signals.
“Full details of any changes to traffic management including diversions will be announced well in advance of work beginning, to give all road users to chance to plan their journeys accordingly.
“The ‘No Car’ lanes on Durham Road are a separate issue which we are continuing to work with our community safety and public transport partners to address.”