Eagerly anticipated work to expand a North-east park and ride is hoped to start “as quickly as possible” – once a compulsory purchase order (CPO) is finally agreed.
Aberdeenshire Council has lodged plans to improve Ellon Park and Ride, including an increase of 99 parking spaces.
The expansion plans were agreed five years ago but the work has been delayed due to issues obtaining the land required.
It has now been confirmed work won’t begin until after April because a CPO has yet to be concluded on land required to make the project a reality.
Under the plans, the turning circle would be moved back, placing it closer to the A90 Aberdeen to Fraserburgh road, while three separate bus stands would be created.
The park and ride at Ellon opened in 2000 and provides a transport link for thousands of people travelling to Aberdeen.
It is now one of the most used in the North-east.
But an update to be heard by members of regional transport body Nestrans confirmed construction cannot begin until a CPO has been agreed.
The update said: “[Engineering consultancy firm] Aecom has been commissioned to progress the scheme to tender.
“Construction cannot start until the CPO is completed and will not therefore take place this financial year.
“The authority is working towards issuing a tender and appointing a contractor to carry out the work to allow it to begin as quickly as possible following completion of the CPO.”
Ellon councillor Gillian Owen added: “This has been long-awaited and I personally have found it frustrating.
“I look forward to the opening of the completed park and ride extension as soon as possible.”