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Windfarm works cause road chaos  

Work on a £30million windfarm has caused traffic havoc in the centre of Dumfries.

More than 100 cars were jammed in gridlock along Moffat Road yesterday morning for up to 30 minutes.

They were blocked by traffic lights set up to allow cabling connections for the Dalswinton windfarm which sits miles outside the town.

The sheer volume of traffic before 9am caused the single file passing places at the two sets of lights to be blocked.

Traffic was jammed along the whole length of the road stretching out at both sides into Edinburgh Road and St Mary’s Street.

One frustrated motorist said: “I was stranded for 25 minutes.

“It was ridiculous, drivers were getting increasing frustrated.

“There must have been a lot of people very late for work this morning.”

Angry drivers called police to the scene.

They eventually managed to disperse the traffic with the help of workmen.

The road had just re-opened on Sunday after being closed for two weeks.

A spokeswoman for the council’s roads department said: “The work is being carried out by United Utilities and is ducting and cabling work from the Dalswinton Windfarm to the Kellwood Road substation.

“There was a planned road closure for Moffat Road which expired on Sunday 21st October and further work is now taking place under temporary traffic signals.”

She was unable to say when the work would finish.

At the time of publication, United Utilities had made no response.

By Craig Robertson

Dumfries & Galloway Standard

24 October 2007

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