FRUSTRATED drivers face more "motoring misery" on the main Aldershot-Farnborough road - because the contractor used the wrong grout.

The £2.8-million contract to install priority bus lanes on the busy A325 should have been finished at the end of December.

But as the finishing touches were being put to the job, it was discovered that the red coloured grout was not bonding properly with the new surfacing material.

Now Hampshire County Council officials, the contractor and the grout supplier are investigating the cause of the problem. When they have discovered the answer, the road will again be dug up and re-laid with the proper red grouting.

This work will increase the suffering of motorists who have endured long traffic queues on the road since work started last October.

One driver who uses the road regularly moaned: "I'm totally fed up with sitting in traffic jams along this road. With all the problems they are causing us, I thought they would have made sure they got the job right first time."

A county council spokeswoman said last that she hoped the bus lanes contract would be finally completed early next month.

She said: "The problem arose because the red coloured grout did not bond properly with the other material used for the surfacing."

The problem could not be ignored, she continued, because it would have reduced the life of the carriageway. "Because it was a material failure, the cost will be borne by the contractor and not the county council," the spokeswoman added.