THE Isles of Scilly are to get their first set of traffic lights, nearly 150 years after they were introduced in England.

The traffic-calming measures are to be installed temporarily on the islands, south of the Cornish mainland, while work is carried out on Scilly's airport.

It is believed to be the first time traffic lights have been installed on the islands, which have barely 10 miles of roads and little chance of any motorists breaking the speed limit.

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Scilly council chairwoman Amanda Martin said: "I believe these are the first traffic lights we've had.

"We have got a few A-class roads and there are cars on the islands - but motorists would find it hard to get much more than 20mph on the roads because they are so short."