Roadworks are causing frustration for motorists and neighbours in Fulwood - because temporary traffic lights are staying on longer than agreed, it is claimed.
Traffic lights have been put up at the roundabout at the bottom of Andertons Way at the junction of Eastway to help with traffic flow whilst improvement works are carried out.
The lights are not meant to be used during peak times - from 7am to 9.30am and 3.30pm to 6pm.
However, motorists claim that the lights are used past 3.30pm, causing problems and delays.
Shabana Patel, 35, who lives on Squires Wood, Fulwood, described the problem as “ridiculous” and said it is “not acceptable.”
She said: “The traffic lights are usually supposed to be switched off at 3.30pm. Sometimes it goes up to 4pm.”
She said that the lights staying on longer pose problems for parents picking up children from Longsands Community Primary School.
The works, to improve the roads and roundabouts in Fulwood, started in the summer.
They are being carried out by Lancashire County Council on behalf of the Homes and Communities Agency so the roads can cope with heavier traffic.
On Tuesday the traffic lights were left on during the evening rush hour because heavy rain had left workmen unable to restore the road to a suitable standard in time.
Phill Wilson, traffic scheme design manager, said: “Our contractors are working on the Andertons Way roundabout only between 9.30am and 3.30pm to avoid disruption to rush-hour traffic. A temporary traffic signal system operates during these times.
“Unfortunately, the signals had to remain in place during the rush hour and overnight as the heavy rain had washed out a trench leading to a hazardous situation on the roundabout
“This was a one off incident and we have had no other complaints of the contractors working on site until after 3.30pm.
“However, we will look into this issue.
“The improvements will increase the capacity of the roads so that extra traffic generated by the new Preston East Employment Area will run through Fulwood more smoothly.”