A690 Doxford roundabout traffic signals expected to be working by the weekend

Drivers will face several more days of delays as repair work continues at one of Sunderland’s busiest junctions.

Tuesday, 17th December 2019, 7:00 pm
Updated Tuesday, 17th December 2019, 8:33 pm
A690 Doxford roundabout traffic signals expected to be working by the weekend. Picture: Google Maps

North East Traffic Live reported on Friday, December 13 that the traffic signals were not working on the south western side of the A690 Doxford roundabout.

It was confirmed by Sunderland City Council that the traffic lights were damaged when a car crashed at the roundabout late on Thursday evening (December 12).

The driver of the vehicle who crashed into the roundabout damaging the lamppost and traffic signals left the scene before emergency services arrived.

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A spokesperson from Sunderland City Council said: “The road traffic accident at the A690/A19 junction caused extensive damage to the traffic barriers, to the wiring, lighting columns and all the components that control the junction’s signals. There was also damage to the traffic signal poles.

“Despite being protected by barriers, the junction’s wiring, circuit boards, control panels and main power supply were all torn out.

“Highways staff have been repairing the damage and are working closely with utilities companies on re-wiring and re-programming of the junction’s signalling.

“Getting the signals operating safely again is a priority for the council.

“Repairs, installing new components, plus safety checking and monitoring are all expected to take several days.

“While the junction can operate as a conventional roundabout, it is anticipated the signals will return to full operation again over the weekend.”

Drivers are being warned that while the traffic lights are not operational they should be careful when using the roundabout.