A Southampton motorist has hit out at conflicting road signs which have made a city centre junction "confusing and dangerous".

The junction between West Park Road and Cumberland Place has become an “accident waiting to happen” since roadworks to redesign the road's layout started on Monday.

The new temporary traffic lights require drivers to turn right but the sign on the original lights, which says right turns are prohibited, is still in full view.

One unnamed driver said: “West Park Road has the most confusing road signage ever.

“The newly erected temporary traffic lights have a turn right only sign on them.

"However, the old signs on the original lights have not been covered up. These say that right turns are not allowed - ridiculous. 

“I have witnessed the new signs be ignored by other motorists - this is an accident waiting to happen.”

Daily Echo: The traffic lights at West Park RoadThe traffic lights at West Park Road (Image: NQ)

In response, a spokesperson from Southampton City Council said: “The original lights are being removed before the end of this week as part of the planned works.

"There is a bedding in period during the first few weeks of any major works and we welcome continued feedback.”

It comes after other residents criticised the council for the disruption caused by the roadworks which are set to last until the summer.

Daily Echo: Road works on Devonshire Road Road works on Devonshire Road (Image: NQ)

A woman who has lived in Southampton for 25 years said she could not remember a time in which the city had so many roadworks.

She said: “Southampton is the city of roadworks at the moment.

“These roadworks are set to last until the summer, then the Itchen Bridge will close, and all that traffic will spill on to Northam Bridge and other areas."

Daily Echo: Road works on the Charlotte Place roundabout Road works on the Charlotte Place roundabout (Image: NQ)
The scheme is being carried out by Balfour Beatty Living Places and is costing £57m of government funding - awarded to the city council as part of the Transforming Cities Fund.

A staff member from Solent University's sports department said: “Driving through the city centre at the moment is a nightmare – many of those quick journeys are taking double the time.

“I think the communication from the council could have been better to minimise the impact.

“Fifty-seven million pounds is a hell of a lot of money – our new sports complex only cost around £35 million, so I hope these changes will be worth it.”