Politicians have urged commuters to be patient as frustration grows over daily congestion problems in and out of Aylesbury.
Broughton Lane has been closed as part of ongoing works on the A41, causing increased delays along the road.
The lengthy queues have reignited the debate about the need for an Aylesbury bypass, with an e-petition being set up calling for one to be built.
Bucks County Council says the Broughton Lane closure has made the situation worse, although many commuters say the new lights at Oakfield Road are part of the problem.
Some have taken to Twitter to vent their frustrations.
Adam Saunders said of the new lights ‘Was it supposed to cause mass traffic jams?’, while Nathan Wicks tweeted ‘A41 to Aylesbury is the biggest joke going’. Keith Reidie told the Bucks Herald: “As I understood it the changes were to improve things for the Arla dairy traffic. Even an idiot can see that the new designs will not achieve that and things will get worse when the trucks start rolling.”
Twenty-two Arla lorries an hour will use the Tring Road when the dairy opens in Aston Clinton in the next few weeks (for high resolution map of lorry movements click here).
Broughton Lane is expected to remain closed until early December.
The council’s transport chief, Councillor Janet Blake, said: “With work of this scale there is a need for traffic flow to be managed. During the rush hours, this will have an impact on journey times. We ask that you please bear with us during these difficult and challenging times.”
Councillor Bill Chapple, who represents Aston Clinton and Bierton, said there was ‘bound to be extra congestion’ while the works take place.
The Conservative said: “I would ask people to be patients and hopefully when it’s finished everybody will realise it works well.”
However, UKIP’s Phil Gomm hit out at the council for failing to secure a bypass as part of the Arla deal.
The Aylesbury East councillor said: “I would never have agreed to the new arrangement in the first place.”
The bypass petition was set up by Linda Travers Smith and says ‘infrastructure should be in place to relieve the current road system from ever increasing traffic levels’.