A 'FUMING' Inverclyde councillor says out of synch traffic lights are causing rush hour misery for motorists.

Labour councillor Gerry Dorrian says the signals on the A78 on Inverkip Road at the junction with Cumberland Road and on the A8 at Port Glasgow Road are not sequenced correctly - leaving drivers facing long waits as queues build up during rush hour.

He said: "The traffic lights are not operating correctly so it causes traffic jams. They are not changing quick enough.

"They just need re-sequenced and it could go a long way to easing the congestion issues people are experiencing."

Councillor Dorrian said the issue has been raised at two recent meetings.

He added: "This issue was discussed in detail at a meeting with Transport Scotland and was also raised again last month at a briefing with Scottish Water about flooding - where Transport Scotland were again in attendance.

"At this meeting, the council took the opportunity to question them specifically regarding the traffic lights on the A78 and the A8, but their manager said he had not had any emails highlighting the situation.

"I explained that this was because people believed the council was responsible for the problem so contacted us about it!

"It is appalling that they have not taken action to rectify this."

Bosses at Scotland TranServ, which is responsible for the lights on behalf of Transport Scotland, said they have now carried out a review of the traffic lights and are awaiting approval to take the matter forward.

A Scotland TranServ spokesperson said: “Scotland TranServ has carried out an independent review of signalling in this area.

"We are currently awaiting approval on a proposed connectivity solution.

"Should Inverclyde Council receive complaints regarding the functionality of these signals then we would request they are passed to our Network Control Centre for recording and appropriate action will be taken."