HOME Bargains is introducing a new traffic light system to control the number of shoppers in branches.

The discount chain hopes to use the prompters so customers can socially distance inside stores, in a similar system to one Aldi installed in supermarkets earlier this year.

The new lights will be sensor controlled and placed at the entrance and exit points of stores to monitor how many people are in the shop. Customers can enter when lights are green.

Joe Morris, of TJ Morris, the firm behind Home Bargains, said: "Over the past few months, retail environments have changed, and we’ve had to quickly adapt to new ways of operating. New, innovative technologies have played a significant part in us still being able to provide a safe and pleasant shopping experience for our customers."