Queues will last for a few days yet!

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DRIVERS who make regular use of the main road into Arbroath from Forfar and Brechin, and those who travel in the opposite direction are fed up of the traffic lights at the bottom of Cairnie Brae.

The lights have been in operation for over three weeks

And tailbacks, particularly during the morning and evening rush-hour periods, have on occasions extended as far as the pedestrian crossing in Cairnie Street, causing problems there and at the junctions in between.

Claire Buchanan, a spokeswoman for Scotland Gas Networks, stated: “We received a call to the National Gas Emergency Number on 0800 111 999 on October 8 at 5.38 p.m. Engineers attended quickly and secured the leak and were able to make some interim repairs to the pipe. We need to do some further repairs involving specialist equipment. We intend to carry out this work early next week following which the road will be reinstated. We have been monitoring the site every day including the temporary traffic lights.”

She concluded: “We understand that people can get frustrated by roadworks and thank them for their patience while we complete these essential works.”

The chairman of the Royal Burgh of Arbroath Community Council, Mike Cosans, told the Arbroath Herald: “I am up and down that road most days and the lights can cause major congestion. The workers seem to have dug a hole and left it. I don’t know what the problem is but the lights seem to have been there a long time with nothing happening.”

And former Arbroath businessman David Strachan vented his ire. He said: “A 20-yard stretch of road on one of the busiest arterial routes in Arbroath is causing all sorts of delays because of the seeming inability of Network Gas to repair a fault.

“It must be four weeks since a large hole was dug at the bottom of Cairnie Brae. Apart from a hive of activity opening up the road, nothing!

“There are signs warning ‘no smoking’ but if it’s so dangerous why is something not being done?”