A BUSY town centre road is moving freely again after long-standing temporary lights were finally removed.
Four-way temporary lights at the Raby Road and Hart Lane junctions saw traffic grind to a halt in the area for around three months.
The road is now clear after the lights were removed on Thursday teatime.
But shopkeepers who say their trade has been badly hit by the disruption, are waiting to see how they will be affected by further planned roadworks in Middleton Road due to start in September.
Alison McGovern, who runs Bits & Pieces, on Raby Road, said: “We have all suffered during the roadworks but the road is all clear at the moment.
“Customers have been saying how bad it has been and how they have tried to avoid them.
“We are just waiting to see what happens next in September.
“Hopefully Raby Road will be kept open but we are waiting to hear from the council.”
The temporary lights were set up at the end of April as part of a major Hartlepool Borough Council scheme to widen the road at the Raby Road/Middleton Road junction.
But their removal was delayed when contractors ran into unforeseen issues.