A top councillor has admitted he is “frustrated” about delays re-opening High Street in Huddersfield town centre.

The road has been closed six days per week for works since early January.

It had been thought it would be ready by the end of February but as the end of March nears, work is still ongoing.

The route is part of the controversial “bus gates” scheme but the closure has affected local bus services which have to follow a diversion.

At a cabinet meeting, Clr Peter McBride, who is responsible for the works, promised he would do all he could to “hasten” the completion of the scheme.

Clr McBride said conflicting works by other contractors had contributed to the missed deadline.

“It is frustrating,” he said. “There is light at the end of the tunnel...I will do my best to hurry things along.”

Asked if the bus gates scheme was relieving congestion around town, Clr McBride also cited other roadworks as an issue.

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Clr David Ridgway claimed jams were now worse heading out of town from Westgate to Trinity Street.

But Clr McBride said the problems were “nowhere near as bad” as Clr Ridgway suggested.

And he said other roadworks by BT, British Gas in the area and development work at Standard House were causing some of the delays.