Frustration at delays due to signals work

Traffic lights at the junction of Common Edge Road and Squires Gate Lane.

Traffic lights at the junction of Common Edge Road and Squires Gate Lane.

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Calls have been made for work on major traffic junctions in Blackpool to be speeded up.

Motorists have been facing delays over the past few weeks at two of the resort’s busiest intersections while traffic lights are replaced.

Queues have formed at the junctions of Common Edge Road and Squires Gate Lane, South Shore, and where Devonshire Road meets Talbot Road in North Shore.

But contractor E-on, which is replacing the signals as part of a private finance initiative with Blackpool Council, said the complexity of the work necessitated it being done over several weeks.

Coun Peter Evans, who represents Stanley ward which includes the Common Edge Road junction, said: “I appreciate these are very complex projects and so it takes a lot of time.

“However these are both very busy junctions and what I would say is maybe they could throw a few more resources at them, to get the work done more quickly.”

The work is part of a £153m scheme which will eventually see all of Blackpool’s street lights and traffic signals replaced.

A spokesman for E-on said: “These two sites are very complex and require a great deal of planning, with work having to be phased, which is why progress has been restricted.

“However they are both on schedule to finish on time.”

Work at the Squires Gate signals is due to be finished by July 2, and at the Devonshire Road junction by July 8.