The roadworks traffic lights facing east, just outside Bridgemill direct, past the river bridge were stuck at red at approximately 10.10 p.m this evening - there was a long queue stretching back towards Inverness and impatient drivers (lorries and cars) were pulling out to pass more obedient motorists and jumping the lights. Some of the exasperated law-brakers were travelling at some speed too and as they pulled out from various points in the waiting line the potential for an accident escalated. An eye-witness at the scene said the lights had been stuck at red for at least half an hour. This observer watched the lights for around 10 minutes and they still remained at red during that time. No one was working overnight at the roadworks but two BEAR Scotland employees, who had recently arrived themselves, were examining the equipment further along the road to try and determine the nature of the problem. The police then arrived on the scene.
UPDATE: Just how long will the roadworks last? Last night Bear Scotland tweeted the following message:
Scottish Gas Networks carrying out emergency works on the A96 Nairn at Lochloy Junction. It is hoped the works will be finished tomorrow.
— BEAR Scotland (@BEAR_Scotland) January 29, 2014
But the website roadworksscotland.org was telling a different story according to the information available online on their map the works will last until the 10th of February - the Gurn has asked Bear Scotland for confirmation of the information below.
UPDATE: 0900 30th Jan - the ongoing roadworks again impacted on traffic going through Nairn - the long queues illustrate just how much traffic passes through Nairn - images here on the Gurn flickr pages.
UPDATE: 0902 Cllr Colin MacAulay SNP states on his Facebook page: "Nairn A96 - BEAR reporting that they are awaiting an update from Scottish Gas re A96. If they have found the leak and repaired it then the trench will be filled and things will get back to normal asap. If not - then they will have to keep excavating until they do find it."
UPDATE: 0906 BEAR tell the Gurn in a tweet:
@GurnNurn As SGN is investigating a gas leak, it can take up to 2 weeks. The traffic lights will now be manually controlled today.