People are complaining over temporary traffic lights which are causing long tailbacks on a main road.

Temporary traffic lights installed along Hale Lane in Edgware have been causing frustrating to drivers, and those living in the surrounding roads.

During rush hour, residents have reported cars driving down residential roads to escape the traffic, as well as long tailbacks as people attempt to drop their children off for work.

Daphne Schlogger, who lives off the main road, said she complained to Barnet Council, who suggested they had received multiple calls about the issues.

She said: "I do not think it is acceptable to have temporary traffic lights in place since Monday.

"I just feel it is unnecessary and it is disruptive for the area."

On contacting Barnet Council, it was revealed the works were not commissioned by them, but in fact by Affinity Water who are fixing a pipe along the road.

An Affinity Water spokesman said: "We are sorry for any inconvenience caused by work to repair a communication pipe on Hale Lane, Edgware on January 11.

"Temporary traffic lights are in place to ensure the safety of our technicians and commuters in the area. The repairs will be completed by tomorrow.

"We would like to thank our customers for their patience whilst we carried out this work."