The Christchurch City Council is standing by the 19 traffic light poles it recently installed at a city intersection - despite some locals calling them an eyesore.
The signals - at the corner of High Street and Tuam Street - will guide pedestrian, cycle, vehicle and tram traffic.
Even though they are not operating yet, some residents are already saying the council has gone overboard with the $160,000 lights.
Christchurch City Council head of transport Chris Gregory said all the signals were necessary for the complex intersection, and would minimise delays for road users.
Mr Gregory said the need for each pole would become apparent once the lights were in operation, and it was not unusual for standard intersections to have up to 14 signal poles.
The signals were expected to begin operation early next month.