'UNWELCOME' temporary traffic lights in Purbeck are due to be removed today, council officials say.

The three-way temporary lights have been in use at the junction of the A351 and the B3351 in Corfe Castle since the beginning of August to help manage traffic while the Studland Ferry is out of action.

However, parish councillors from the village have requested the removal of the lights. It was last week confirmed that they'd be removed.

Councillor Ray Bryan, Dorset Council's portfolio holder for highways and travel, said the "main concern" was that drivers were taking "considerable risks" to get onto the main road from the B3351.

“We are aware that some local people have not welcomed the temporary lights, but, having monitored traffic levels throughout the summer holidays, we are confident that they played a part in keeping people safe," he said.

We’re satisfied that traffic levels have returned to a manageable level and the lights can be removed.

“We will continue to have conversations with MPs and other partners about the frustrating situation with the Studland Ferry, which we know is impacting businesses and the wider community.”

It is currently understood that the chain ferry will be back in use in October.