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ANGRY motorists have criticised road chiefs for allowing contractors to close part of a busy highway — for the second time in a week.

The slip road at Morrisons, Giffnock on Fenwick Road has been closed and is down to one lane.

This is causing traffic misery for drivers and causing delays as people try to get in and out of the surrounding area.

The road is closed because Fujitsu is installing cable ducts so temporary traffic lights have been installed.

Giffnock resident David Boyes fumed: “They have gone and done it again. The temporary traffic lights are causing massive tailbacks in every direction.

“When I left my house to go to Morrisons I waited just before the lights for 15 minutes without turning my wheel.

“I accept these contractors have work to do but there seems to be a total lack of consideration for local people who wish to get around in their own transport”.

Last week The Extra reported how Scottish Power’s work on Fenwick Road at the junction of Burnfield Road was causing traffic chaos.

The energy company was fixing electricity cables which led to major gridlock.

An East Renfrewshire council spokesman said: “The works off Fenwick Road on the road leading to Morrisons relate to public utility operations being carried out.

“Virgin Media ducts are being laid by their contractor. As this work involved crossing the access into Morrison’s, the permanent signals were switched off and temporary three way signals used, which obviously do not act as efficiently as the permanent ones.

“We have been informed by the contractor they should be finished at that location on the evening of Wednesday (May 11)”.

Meanwhile the Loaning in Newton Mearns is to close for five days for resurfacing works.

The entire length of the road will be temporarily closed from Tuesday, May 31 to Friday, June 4 to allow essential resurfacing work to be carried out.

The area from The Loaning’s junction with Ayr Road and its junction with Craignethan Road will be affected by the closure.

Access to properties within the closure area will be accommodated by the contractor on site when this is possible.

Pedestrian access will be unaffected.