MOTORISTS have reported queues lasting up to 45 minutes following works to upgrade traffic signals on a busy main road in Oakdale.

Workmen for Borough of Poole turned off the old signals, at the junction with Dorchester Road and Vicarage Road, on Tuesday, to enable them to replace the poles, which have suffered significant corrosion over the years.

It is predicted that the works will take around four weeks, before the new traffic light control equipment is installed, which is due to be completed by Friday, June 20.

Traffic is currently being controlled by multi-phase temporary signals, while pedestrians are able to use temporary crossing facilities, which Borough of Poole say could mean the roads may become congested, particularly at peak times, while the works progress.

Cllr Ian Potter, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Transportation, said: “The works are now at a stage in the process where temporary lights are required.

“This is likely to cause some congestion and we would like to thank local residents and road users for their understanding and patience while improvements to this busy junction are carried out.”