Mixed reaction to attempts to curb traffic

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NEW traffic lights are up and running at the roundabout which joins Portsmouth’s Church Street and Mile End Road, on the approach to the city centre.

The lights are being monitored by Portsmouth City Council, which says their installation there have been no technical problems with the system.

However, drivers told The News the area was heavily congested with traffic last Saturday.

Pat Huxtable, 57, from Southsea, said: ‘We were out between midday and 1pm and the traffic was jammed, it was so bad we went home early.

‘People were very frustrated because they couldn’t get through and had their hands on and off their horns continuously. A journey which normally takes two or three minutes took us around ten minutes.’

Councillor Jason Fazackarley, cabinet member for traffic and transportation, says he will assess traffic flow cameras to see if there is a need for improvement.

He said: ‘The lights were put in as part of our programme throughout the city to help improve traffic flow and after review officers felt lights at this location would improve the situation.

‘There has been a mixed reaction but it is too early to say if they are not doing this well.’

‘If any scheme is put in place and it doesn’t work then it will be reviewed. Residents can contact me with their concerns and are invited to join me on my tour on February 23 to assess any problems.’