Published: 04/02/2018 07:23 - Updated: 02/02/2018 14:24

Roads to be closed for work on traffic lights

TRAFFIC lights are set to be introduced to one of the busiest roundabouts in Elgin.  

The improvement to the mini roundabout which is on the junction via Hay Street, Northfield Terrace and South Street, will see work starting to take place as soon as late February.  

Diversions will take place at each branch of the roundabout starting with east side of South Street with a diversion through Gordon Street and Moray Street. 

Secondly the junction of Northfield Terrace will be closed, with a diversion through South Street, through Dr Gray’s roundabout and through High Street. 

After that works will take place on the junction of South Street West, which will take the opposite diversion from the closure of Northfield Terrace.  

The fourth of the five phases closes the junction of Hay Street, with diversions through Wards Road, Wittet Drive, Pluscarden Road and High Street or through South Street.  

The last phase will include a closure of the entire road, with a combination of all the diversions combined.  

Diversion signs will be signposted and maps of the diversions are available from the Moray Council website.  

Funding for the road works is through the Elgin Transport Strategy.  

Public exhibitions were held on Tuesday during the day at the St Giles Centre and in the evening at the Mansefield Hotel.

All nearby residents had letters of invitation to voice opinions and minor queries.  

A spokesperson for Moray Council said: "The public exhibition was attended by some local residents who had minor queries to be resolved. 

 "The improvement is a result of consultation with the public on the new Elgin Transport Strategy, which identified the junction as requiring the change." 

Once installed the plan is to have smart lights that can be programmed to alter traffic flows at peak times.

 The overall work is expected to take 12 weeks, with some phases of road closures expected to take a couple days and others to take a couple of weeks.

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