Temporary traffic lights cause gridlock for motorists in St Ives

TEMPORARY traffic lights between St Ives and Huntingdon are causing delays with motorists claiming they are adding 30 minutes onto their journeys. The lights were erected this morning (Wednesday) on the A1123 Houghton Road near to its junction with the B

TEMPORARY traffic lights between St Ives and Huntingdon are causing delays with motorists claiming they are adding 30 minutes onto their journeys.

The lights were erected this morning (Wednesday) on the A1123 Houghton Road near to its junction with the B1090 Sawtry Way.

Mark Leyland of Wyton emailed The Hunts Post newsroom to say the lights clash with the permanent traffic lights half a mile down the road, resulting in gridlock.

Mr Leyland said: "I feel I need to register a complaint regarding the very poor operation of these temporary traffic lights.

"There have not been any warnings of forthcoming road works to allow people to plan alternative routes. The delay adds around 30 minutes to journeys along that route."

A spokesman for Cambridgeshire County Council said they had put up the temporary lights at the request of National Grid.

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The council spokesman said no timescale for the work had been provided by National Grid and motorists are urged to avoid the area.

A spokesman for National Grid apologised for the delays and said they would be manually operating the lights to cause as little disruption as possible. She added that water is believed to have got into the gas mains and they were working as fast as possible to isolate the problem. But it is still unknown how long the work will take.

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