A councillor helped direct traffic after temporary lights "stopped working" on the A259.

Bridget Fishleigh stepped in to try and ease queues at the Rottingdean junction where there have been roadworks this week.

The four-way traffic lights caused huge queues which stretched back all the way through Peacehaven on Wednesday and still caused issues yesterday morning.

Bridget, an independent Brighton and Hove City Councillor for Rottingdean and West Saltdean, decided to take matters into her own hands.

The Argus: Huge queues through Peacehaven on WednesdayHuge queues through Peacehaven on Wednesday (Image: @mikesmedia_/Instagram)

“I went down at 8am, I could see out of my window and thought the traffic issue had been solved,” Bridget said.

“The traffic was at a complete standstill. One of the workers and I had to direct traffic.

“He was wearing a high vis and luckily my top was brightly coloured too.

“I was only doing it for about ten minutes, the situation was chaos.

The Argus: Bridget Fishleigh described the traffic as 'chaotic'Bridget Fishleigh described the traffic as 'chaotic'

“Sorry if I broke the rules but it was chaotic. Something needed to be done.”

She said one crew left at 8am and was due to be replaced by another team who arrived late at 9am due to traffic on the way down from London.

Brighton and Hove City Council, the highways authority which approved the temporary traffic lights, has confirmed that a gas main was damaged by workers overnight which meant they had to stay during rush hour on Wednesday.