Councillors today called for a major redesign of an Aberdeen bypass junction after new traffic lights caused travel chaos.
Commuters faced massive delays during the morning rush hour yesterday, and hold-ups were also reported at night around the B979 Milltimber Brae and A93 North Deeside Road junction.
Bypass bosses today apologised to motorists for the traffic jam, which at one point stretched more than two-and-a-half miles to the B979 Netherley road.
Temporary traffic lights, that went live at the weekend and replaced a roundabout, were blamed for the gridlock.
The measures are in place while work continues on the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route (AWPR).
Cllr Ian Mollison, who represents the North Kincardine area, said lessons must be learned from yesterday’s hold-ups – and urged bypass bosses to consider reinstating the roundabout.
He said: “Keeping the traffic flowing at peak times is important and there appears to be a hiccup here.
“If the roundabout was working fine then I don’t see why they thought a change to traffic lights would work.
“I hope the transport bosses look at alleviating the problem and put the roundabout back in place as having delays that long for people is not good.”
Yesterday morning’s tailbacks saw cars queuing as far back as the Borsalino restaurant on the A93 between Peterculter and Drumoak, and past the Maryculter House Hotel and up the B979 Netherley road.
The temporary lights will be replaced with permanent ones, which are due to go live in mid-November.
Cllr Colin Pike, who also represents the North Kincardine area, said: “The roundabout was working fine and was a great improvement to the temporary traffic lights, but now they have gone back to the lights.
“I understand Transport Scotland and the AWPR are working to 2007 plans in having traffic. But, I think they might need to revisit them because it didn’t work and the roundabout seemed to work really.”
A Transport Scotland spokesman said the lights would be controlled manually during busy periods – a move which eased congestion during this morning’s rush hour.
He said: “The contractor will continue to monitor the signals, including implementing manual control to relieve congestion when necessary, until drivers become familiar with the road layout and the optimum phasing is achieved.
“Meanwhile, we would like to apologise for any inconvenience while this process is under way and ask that road users allow additional time for their journeys during these works.”