By Thomas Davies

Traffic jams day after day have made traversing Seven Dials roundabout a motorist's nightmare recently, it has been claimed.

Extensive road works, temporary lights and an influx of new zebra crossings makes driving through the area an irritating chore for drivers, buses and taxis alike. 

Annoyed locals have been beset by these ongoing disruptions for months and some feel the council has missed a trick.

Mikey Emiris, 28, from Kemp Town said: "I think the new roundabout is far too big and will cause more problems than it will solve.

"The zebra crossings are too close to the corners making it almost impossible for cars to slow down. I don't know how there hasn't yet been an accident."

Pedestrian safety was initially cited by the council as one reason for the changes, but many believe tampering is having an adverse affect on the area.

Natalie Peters, 26, an office worker from Seven Dials added: "The whole system is frustrating. The roundabout has never worked, but the new plans are misguided. 

"The zebra crossings are too far back so people won't use them properly. A bridge would have made more sense."

The negative reaction has not been universal, however.

Alex, 22, a local coffee shop worker said: "I think it will make everything look brighter. At the moment it's more difficult to get around and the noise has made customers not want to sit in, but when it's finished the area will look much nicer."

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