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Malfunctioning traffic lights lights in Aviemore lead to tempers rising

By Gavin Musgrove

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The traffic lights have become a major source of frustration in Aviemore in the past month.
The traffic lights have become a major source of frustration in Aviemore in the past month.

Traffic management arrangements at roadworks in Aviemore have been described as shambolic as frustration grows amongst motorists in the village.

The temporary traffic lights at Dalfaber Drive junction and on Grampian Road were not working properly over the weekend leading to police having to direct traffic at times.

There are more reports today that the lights are malfunctioning causing major traffic headaches for motorists going through the village.

The lights were changing rapidly between red and green over the weekend leading to drivers having to run the red stop lights.

Kenny Findlay reported on local social media earlier today: "Traffic lights stuck again in Aviemore roadworks and causing people to just drive through. The contractor needs to seriously get a grip."

Local resident Marty Wares commented online: "Just sat at Dalfaber side for 10 minutes when got to lights they were at red. Workman directing traffic.

"Absolute shambles – should have been sorted well before holidays."

James Beaumont commented on the malfunctioning lights: "Happened to me three times so far."

Heidi Spencer said: "The poor workmen are running about in this heat but tempers are fraying."

It has been taking traffic more than 20 minutes to get through the village at peak times when the temporary traffic lights have been working with tailbacks for vehicles heading north stretching into the village centre.

A Highland Council spokeswoman told the Strathy a short time ago: "The contractor is aware of the issue and all works to make the site safe so the lights and all temporary restrictions can be removed until September are under way."

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