Commuters driving through Claypotts junction in Broughty Ferry have complained of long delays during morning rush hour after the sequence of the traffic lights at the junction was changed.
Queues of up to 40 minutes were reported this week, leading to huge frustration for drivers arriving from the east.
The city council admitted that they had deliberately altered the lights in a bid to make the junction safer following what they described as historical complaints by motorists.
It is understood the lights have been changed in response to a series of crashes involving drivers heading towards Arbroath and those from the east turning right into Baldovie Road.
The Courier’s website has been inundated with angry comments, while drivers called to tell us of their frustration at the delays, which made many people late for work.
Taxi driver Steven Lamb said: “The new sequence of the lights is making my journey time longer than before, they have to review it and get it sorted.”
Graham Duff told our Facebook page: “They’re awful now!” and Val Carr agreed, saying: “Worse than before!”
Nicola Stewart said: “Coming from Monifieth into town they’re out of sync!Newsroom blog: Claypotts junction ‘improvements’ are driving me to distraction“Massive queues because when the first set of lights turn green you can’t go anywhere as the second set is still red and queued back with drivers who have turned right from the Michelin road.
“When the second set eventually turns red and the queue gets through only a couple of cars get through from the Monifieth side.”
A Dundee City Council spokesman said: “The phasing of the lights has been changed after safety concerns were raised by drivers.
“The city council has been working with colleagues at Police Scotland to make sure the junction is as safe as possible and we will be monitoring the situation.”
Some have even suggested the junction worked better as a roundabout, but reader Bob Peacock said: “The lights were out of sync on Monday but seem to almost be back to normal now.
“I’m not sure a roundabout would do anything to ease the congestion as the real issue is the fact the dual carriageway is reduced to a single lane at the same place as the junction.
“If it were possible to upgrade the section of road between Claypotts and Scott Fyffe then I think a lot of the problems would go away.
“Unfortunately the road doesn’t have the width to allow this. Beyond putting in a bypass north of Dundee I’m not sure there’s much that can be done about Claypotts.”