Traffic lights on a busy Aberdeenshire road will remain in operation for five weeks longer than was originally scheduled.
The lights on the South Deeside Road, at Blairs, have been up for 26 weeks while work on a new housing development gets underway.
Blyth Utilities have been carrying out gas, water and phone line works in the area since February 3 and were due to have finished the work yesterday.
However, their contract was extended to August 31 in order for the work to be completed.
The road is a popular route taken by commuters between Aberdeen and Upper Deeside.
A spokesman for Aberdeenshire Council said the authority were “unhappy” about further delays on the road.
Philip McKay, the council’s head of roads, said: “While we have been working with the contractor to ensure delays are minimised as far as possible, they simply have not completed the work in the timescale they had.
“While we are unhappy road users will continue to experience delays until the end of August, these works have to be completed for the development to go ahead.
“As we had been assured on a number of occasions that extra resources would be allocated to complete the work by July 28, this is very disappointing for us and the travelling public.”
Blyth Utilities could not be contacted for comment last night.