MOTORISTS face major disruption as one of the key routes through Greenock is set to be closed for over two months.

One of Inverclyde's busiest main roads will shut and drivers will be diverted along a Greenock route which is also currently hampered by roadworks.

Baker Street will be closed between Drumfrochar Road and Ingleston Street and Drumfrochar Road will be shut between Baker Street and Lynedoch Street while road realignment work is carried out.

The closure - which will be in effect from Tuesday September 25 until Friday November 30 - is to allow for the next phase of the £3 million Baker's Brae regeneration project.

During the 10-week closure, drivers will be diverted along Inverkip Street - where there are already problems because of delayed Scottish Water flood prevention works.

There have been traffic delays because of a temporary four-way lights system in and around the High Street roundabout, which has been in place since July 9 and was only supposed to last four weeks.

But hold-ups means the project will continue until October 12, after contractors hit a snag with tunnelling equipment and were forced to start digging manually.

The Baker's Brae realignment project will see the removal of the sharp corner at the top of the hill by cutting through the site of former industrial buildings surrounding the area.

New traffic lights and landscaping will also be added.

The whole project is due for completion by spring next year.

Once cleared, the land is earmarked for a new food and drink hub 'incubator' which has been billed as the first of its kind in Scotland.

Riverside Inverclyde has been granted planning permission by Inverclyde Council for the development, entitled Baker Street Food & Drink Enterprises, which would establish six units for firms to move into.