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Roadworks are causing chaos for traffic in Linlithgow
Roadworks are causing chaos for traffic in Linlithgow

Shopkeepers and residents are up in arms over traffic problems at Linlithgow Cross as work continues for a possible further six weeks.

We reported four weeks ago of plans by McCarthy and Stone to connect water and sewerage services at their new development in Linlithgow.

The plan, to minimise disruption appears to have fallen short of the developer’s expectations with retailers describing their experience as “a nightmare”.

And there is speculation that, due to difficulties, work is likely to take longer than was first thought.

Pamela Kelly of So Strawberry Cafe said the closure signage had badly affected her business.

She said: “There are no signs to tell visitors that the car park at The Vennel is still open and, with one leg of the road around the Cross shut off, people are just passing us by.

“If you were a visitor trying to get to the Palace you would have no chance of getting there as the route is so badly signed.”

Others have taken to social media to vent their anger over the 15 minute tailbacks which built up last week as a result of temporary traffic lights being installed.

Diane Cartwright said: “A mistake that no doubt caused many High Street traders financial loss”.

A spokesman for West Lothian Council said: “We are aware of a number of initial issues that we hope have now been resolved to minimise the impact of these works. The temporary traffic lights were removed last week but have since returned as they are essential for the remainder of the works.

“The lights are under manual control during peak periods to ensure they operate as efficiently as possible.”