Roadworks cause delays in Ellon

Motorists face delays in Ellon's Station Road while BT engineers instal super-fast broadband.
Motorists face delays in Ellon's Station Road while BT engineers instal super-fast broadband.

Motorists in Ellon have been facing frustrating delays because of work in the town centre to instal super-fast broadband.

Long queues have built up at peak times in Station Road over the last week or so as BT Openreach engineers carry out the installation.

The work is due to be completed this week.

Meanwhile, drivers are set to experience further hold-ups in the same area when separate council roadworks get under way at the beginning of next week.

Ellon and District Councillor Rob Merson said: “Although I am aware of the delays being caused by the roadworks on Station Road, and have had to traverse them on numerous occasions, I have not actually received any complaints from constituents to date.

“I have, however, received dozens of letters and e-mails in recent years, calling for an improved broadband service in the area – and that is what is being delivered.”

He added: “I am sure that most people will be prepared to tolerate the temporary inconvenience caused by this crucial work, so that they might enjoy the benefits of the improved broadband service which it will bring to the area.

“There is no question that any roadworks in Ellon can disrupt the traffic flow - and this locus, situated at a junction, on a bend, and at the entrance to a petrol filling station - is particularly problematic.

“I would therefore urge commuters to avoid the site if at all possible, perhaps re-routing via Hospital Road and the A948 by-pass to access the A90 from the north (Tesco) roundabout.”

An Aberdeenshire Council spokesman confirmed that the widening of a pathway on Station Road will get under way on Monday of next week.

A spokesman for Openreach said: “Openreach contractors are working in Ellon installing fibre broadband as part of the Digital Scotland partnership and their work will be completed on Thursday.

“All Openreach works are approved by the local roads authority and regularly monitored to ensure safe working. We’d like to apologise for any inconvenience caused while we increase the availability of next generation fibre broadband in Ellon.”