ONGOING roadworks at the Meadowmill Roundabout near Prestonpans have been described as an "absolute nightmare", forcing bus services to re-route.

The works at the roundabout that connects Prestonpans, Cockenzie and Port Seton, Blindwells and the A1 commenced today as SP Energy Networks complete remedial works due to an "inspection failure".

Motorists have faced major tailbacks from the works, with queues in all directions caused by four-way temporary lights that are in operation.

The works are set to continue for 10 working days and will see contractors rectify trip factor, reset kerbs, reseal and replace tar while also reinstating concrete at the junction.

Lothian Buses announced on social media that its X5 and 26 services were now affected by the disruption, with both services unable to make regular stops in the area.

Due to the congestion, the X5 is not serving the A198 and is instead diverted via Strawberry Corner and Bankton Terrace eastbound.

The 26 is not serving Church Street, A198 and Bankton Terrace and is instead diverted via Edinburgh Road and Gardiner Terrace westbound.

Prentice of Haddington services are also affected.

A spokesperson said on Twitter: "Due to congestion at Meadowmill Roundabout Service 110 will operate between Elphinstone and Church St.

"Service 112 will not serve Blindwells or Prestonpans and divert via Strawberry Corner until further notice."

An East Lothian Council spokesperson said: “Following reports of disruption to traffic in the area, officers contacted Scottish Power which is responsible for the works.

"The company has confirmed that it will manually operate the temporary traffic lights from 7am-7pm for the duration of the project.”

SP Energy Networks has been approached for comment.