MOTORISTS have been seeing red over traffic lights in Burton that have been causing tailbacks.
The temporary lights have been put in place on Dallow Street by Chasetown Civil Engineering for Burton based Trent and Dove Housing as part of an on-going development for affordable housing at the Dallow Bridge Works site.
Driver Roger Hill, from Stretton, said the lights are causing major delays and fears people’s lives are at risk because ambulances coming to and from Queen’s Hospital are getting caught up in the traffic.
He told the Mail that on one occasion he was driving from work and the traffic was queuing for three quarters of a mile.
He said: “They are not worked on at night so I don’t know why they can’t be removed.
“It is putting people’s lives in jeopardy . I don’t see why it needs to be there 24/7. People could be dying because people can’t get to and from Queen’s.”
Other people agreed that the lights were a problem.
Christina Potter wrote on Facebook: “The diversion appears to be through my street – Wyggeston Street. There is a total back up every evening at the moment. I hope the lights aren’t there long.”
Darren Plant said it took him nearly an hour to get through the traffic on the way to hospital, and Hilary Tennant asked why they were there at all when no work appeared to be taking place.
Chasetown, based in Burntwood, did respond to requests from the Mail about how long the lights would be there for.
However, a spokesman for Staffordshire County Council said the permit for the lights, which the authority provided to the company ended on Friday September 20, meaning they have over run.
West Midlands Ambulance Service confirmed they had received no reports from staff about problems caused by the traffic lights.
Trent and Dove Housing were not available for comment at the time of going to press.