FAULTY traffic lights which some believe have put "pedestrians and children at risk" while causing endless congestion woes are finally set to be fixed after “weeks”.

The traffic lights in question have been in place in Mill Road at its junction with Northern Approach Road for several weeks. 

Bosses at Essex Highways have said the traffic control measures are to enable a multiway light switch.

However, the temporary lights have been reported to have stopped working on a number of occasions.

A recent malfunction took place early this month causing misery for morning commuters.

One driver caught up in the congestion described the situation as a "free for all" as motorists battled to join the junction from all angles.

Following what he described as “numerous complaints”, Mile End councillor Martin Goss said contractor Sisk has admitted a fault and engineers are now set to fix them.

Gazette: Frustrated - Mile End councillor Martin GossFrustrated - Mile End councillor Martin Goss (Image: Newsquest)

He said: “Sisk met with resident Dom Graham and I to discuss the traffic lights.

“It has finally admitted after weeks of denial the traffic lights are not configured properly.

“The incompetence of Sisk has put all pedestrians, particularly children, at risk and caused utter misery for drivers in the area. Enough is enough.

“I’ve never known such public animosity to a company or project.”

Mr Goss told the Gazette work to repair the lights is “imperative” and he was told it would be done this week after his meeting with Sisk last week.

When contacted by the Colchester Gazette, Sisk declined to comment. 

The traffic lights are part of the ongoing works for the new rapid transit scheme.

What is the rapid transit scheme?

The ongoing Rapid Transit Scheme has been underway for months.

It will have stops along its route, delivering services every few minutes and connecting residents with destinations like the hospital, train station, city centre, and university.

In the future, it will connect to a proposed new garden community in the east of the city, near Elmstead Market, where as many as 9,000 homes could be built over the next 20 years.

The system is part of a £99million package which includes a link road connecting the A120 and A133.