WORK on the expansion of Ardardan Estate in Cardross got under way this week.

The first phase of the project, which will see the creation of a family farm park and the near-doubling of the estate’s car parking facilities, saw temporary traffic lights put in place on the A814 to enable improvement work to the main entrance to Ardardan.

The estate’s expansion plans were given the green light by Argyll and Bute Council’s planning officials in July 2018.

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They are expected to lead to the creation of up to 15 new jobs in the area.

The existing farm shop and garden will, according to the estate, be “open 100 per cent as normal” during the roadworks, which are expected to be “ongoing for a few weeks”.

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The plans for the farm park also include provision for an animal shed and a play area, and an increase in the number of parking spaces from 75 to 136, along with room for two coaches.

Some people took to social media on Monday to complain at being stuck in long traffic jams behind the temporary lights after they got stuck on red; the estate said this was “a teething issue on the first morning” and that engineers were “dealing with it as a matter of urgency”.