ROADWORKS on the A78 connecting Ardrossan and West Kilbride are set to spill over into a sixth month.

Amey confirmed the new delayed date for the completion of the drainage works at the vulnerable flood site between the Waterside Hotel and 'the fabled land of Seamill'.

Work is now set to be completed on Friday, May 3, nearly three months after the initial completion date was set.

The project began at the beginning of November last year and was set to be completed by early February - before this was pushed back until the end of March.

Though Amey, who are completing the work on behalf of Transport Scotland, confirmed the latest setback this week.

It means continued traffic light misery, with the measure in place 24/7 on the road, for users of the busy commuter road with tailbacks and delays of around 30 minutes reported during peak hours.

While it appears that more of the same issues which caused previous delays have caused this latest setback for Amey who will have spent over half a year working on the road if work is completed by the latest date.

They say challenging ground conditions, including the discovery of historic utilities assets as well as a high-water table and sand, have all impacted the excavations to install the new drainage system.

A spokesperson for Amey said: "Essential drainage work on the vulnerable flood site of the A78 between Seamill and the Waterside Hotel is ongoing with a new projected completion date of Friday May 3, 2024.

"The delay in completion has been caused by unforeseen grounds conditions where unexpected utilities were located beneath another set of utilities.

"These issues have now been addressed and the remainder of the works are progressing well.

"We apologise for the inconvenience caused and thank road users for their continued patience while these works are completed."