Pledge over new traffic light junction in Reading

Traffic light in Shinfield Road A new traffic light system was implemented a fortnight ago

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A new traffic light system could be taken down following complaints about tailbacks.

Reading residents say there have been delays since the lights in Shinfield Road were switched on a fortnight ago.

Councillor Richard Willis said the lights will be removed if residents are still unhappy following a six-month review period.

He said he had "inherited" the scheme from a previous administration.

'Make changes'

"It wasn't possible to change it as work had already started," he said.

"What I have pledged to local residents is if it makes congestion much worse, after six months we will take the lights out and make changes.

"It is not the scheme that I would have sought to implement if it came forward now, and I've not made any secret about that."

However, Mr Willis, who is lead councillor for transport in Reading, said there had been three deaths on the road in the last three years and the council had a duty to improve safety.

Chris Wagstaff, who lives in nearby Elm Road, said: "As soon as the lights were turned on it changed from traffic flowing to things just coming to a halt."

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