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JUST when you thought the road-work chaos in Forfar couldn’t get any worse, it has been announced that South Street in Forfar is to close for two weeks – in the run up to Christmas (writes Janet Thomson).

Motorists in the town are currently having to contend with the major diversion caused by the closure of the west port – now it is the east port that will be affected.

Angus Council has announced carriageway works are scheduled to start the week commencing Monday, December 12 which will affect the movement of pedestrians and vehicles for approximately two weeks as Tayside Contracts carry out the works.

South Street will therefore be closed from its junction with Academy Street to it junction with Restenneth Drive, which will also affect public transport routes.

A spokesperson for Angus Council confirmed: “Road resurfacing will take place in South Street, Forfar from December 12 to 23 which will involve a road closure.

“The works will run from the mini roundabout at Academy Street and stop just after the Easterbank junction, at the site of the old Easterbank garage. Drivers are asked to follow the diversion signs while this essential work takes place.”

At the time of going to press yesterday (Tuesday) a further twist on the west port saga emerged when the council revealed Dundee Loan will be closed for one week from Monday, November 21 to Friday, November 25.

Commenting on the latest round of roadworks, which followed traffic chaos in St James Road when there were road works at the foot of Coutties Wynd, new traffic lights in St James Road and the closure of the west port, Mrs Isobel Ross, chairman of Forfar Community Council said drivers had already had a lot to contend with.

She said: “It will be bedlam for the two weeks in the run up to Christmas, This will affect deliveries to houses and bus routes. What happens if the weather breaks down; the work will run over into the new year.

“Over the last few weeks drivers have had a heck of a lot to contend with and I wonder if there is no way of jiggling things about so that both ends of town will not be tied in a knot.”