DRIVERS say that a Greenock road closure is an 'accident waiting to happen' due to a lack of clear road signs.

Road bosses were forced to close the A78 Inverkip Road between West Station and South Street and the Nelson Street roundabout after stonework fell from The Albany on Saturday evening.

Concerned drivers say the closure has resulted in a number of near misses at the roundabout due to a lack of road signs.

One driver told the Tele: "The road is still shut but the signs aren't clear enough.

"People are driving up Nelson Street, reaching the closure at the roundabout and cannot go any further.

"Some are driving the wrong way round the roundabout to exit it."

A spokesman from Inverclyde Council said they are working with Scotland Transerv to 'improve traffic management' at the site.

He said: “The council’s building standards team was contacted by Police Scotland on Saturday night about a problem at The Albany.

"Stonework had fallen from one of the spires onto the A78.

"There is a risk that the rest of the spire may disintegrate and that more masonry could fall onto the road.

"The building’s owners have agreed to the council calling in demolition contractors to make the spire safe.

"Unfortunately, this involves using a crane to lift workers up to the spire on a platform.

"A crane is on standby but it isn’t safe to start work until the winds drop.

“The A78 is a trunk road and it is Transerv Scotland’s responsibility.

"We recognise how important the A78 is locally and we are working with Transerv Scotland to improve the traffic management on the site.”

The Tele contacted Scotland Transerv for a response.