Drivers faced lengthy delays across the North-east today after a car crash, along with new bypass traffic lights, sparked huge rush-hour tailbacks.
Police and paramedics were called to a two-car accident on the A90 Aberdeen to Peterhead road at Balmedie at around 7am.
The incident, between a grey Nissan Navara and a grey Seat Leon, caused queues to stretch back to the Ellon roundabout, five miles away.
One driver was treated for minor injuries at the scene of the accident and the road was cleared just after 9am.
A Police Scotland spokeswoman said: “One person was treated for minor injuries and didn’t need hospital treatment.”
On the opposite side of the city, around Peterculter, commuters were facing more than two miles of tailbacks.
The queues were caused by the new four-way temporary traffic light at the B979 Milltimber Brae junction, where work is continuing on the Aberdeen bypass.
Cars were seen queuing around 2.5 miles in different directions to as far back as the Borsalino restaurant on the A93 between Peterculter and Drumoak and up the B979 Netherley Road.
In a statement Traffic Scotland said: “The timings of the temporary signals will be monitored and adjusted to optimise traffic flow, however delays can be expected as available road space will be restricted at times to allow work to be carried out safely.
“The contractor is expecting the permanent traffic signals to become operational during late November.
“A road closure of the B979 at the junction with the A93 will also be required mid-November to allow surfacing works to be completed prior to the permanent traffic signals becoming operational.”
Public transport was also being hit as lights are set to remain in place for another four weeks until the permanent ones are installed.
The 201 and 202 Stagecoach city-bound services saw delays.
A spokeswoman for Stagecoach North Scotland said: “We will continue to monitor the impact of the temporary traffic lights on our services and liaise with Aberdeen City Council should the delays become significant.”