THE installation of traffic lights on the Bothwell Gardens roundabout in Dunfermline has been pushed back to June.

Fife Council had hoped to start the job in April but it would have coincided with Scottish Power works on Nethertown Broad Street.

It's now set to get underway next month and although final details are still awaited, the work at a major intersection in the city is set to cause disruption and traffic congestion for four months.

It will include road resurfacing and upgrades to the traffic signals at the Nethertown Broad Street / Moodie Street junction.

Dunfermline Press: Traffic lights will be installed at Bothwell Gardens roundabout in Dunfermline. Traffic lights will be installed at Bothwell Gardens roundabout in Dunfermline. (Image: Google Maps)

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Asked about the project, and why traffic lights are needed at the roundabout, the service manager for roads and lighting contracts, Mark Dewar, said: "The installation of traffic lights at the Bothwell Gardens roundabout is part of a long-term plan to put the road infrastructure in place that's needed to support the city as it continues to grow.

"We've moved the start date for the works back to June to let Scottish Power complete essential work they're doing in the area."

Traffic lights have already been installed on the Pitreavie roundabout, although the work took longer than expected.

The council had previously informed St Leonard's Parish Church, which is close to Bothwell Gardens roundabout, that they would need access to the rear car park for a site compound for up to 16 weeks.

They later changed their plans, after the church voiced "major concerns", but it gave an indication of how long the project will take.

Thousands of houses will be built in and around the city and the council previously outlined the £37 million of transport infrastructure improvements that would be needed to support development.

That includes two bypasses, the Northern Link Road and Western Distributor Road, which are designed to serve the new housing estates and take traffic away from the city centre.