THERE are likely to be major traffic delays near Queen Margaret Hospital with three weeks of roadworks to start on Monday.

The £150,000 project to resurface the carriageway will see temporary traffic lights on Whitefield Road in Dunfermline and phased road closures in Queen Margaret Fauld.

It will also affect passengers trying to access the Dunfermline Queen Margaret railway station.

Fife Council spokesperson Councillor Altany Craik said: “We maintain over 2,400km of roads in Fife and we are spending nearly £8 million this year repairing and improving them.

“Our road network is vital to support economic development, inward investment, tourism, leisure and travel to work.

"Almost everyone in Fife uses our roads on a daily basis, which is why this type of maintenance work is so essential.”

Already a busy road at the best of times, Whitefield Road is the main route to QMH and patients and visitors have been advised to allow more time for their journeys.

Within the hospital grounds, signs will advise motorists to exit via Gate 3 to Robertson Road.

Phased road closures will be on the Queen Margaret Fauld junctions and access to properties and Dunfermline Queen Margaret railway station car park will be from the other junction.

Access for emergency services, residents and pedestrians will be maintained at all times.

Cllr Craik concluded: “We apologise for any inconvenience and delay caused by these essential works and we will try to keep any disturbance to a minimum.

"Your patience and co-operation during this time is greatly appreciated.”