REFURBISHMENT work at a Huntingdonshire petrol station which has been dogged by nearly nine months of delays is finally drawing to a close.

Signs have gone up informing motorists Buckden petrol station will be re-opening on September 16 and a spokesman for site-owners Shell confirmed that work to install new pumps, a new shop and new tanks was progressing.

The Great North Road facility which closed in November last year was due to re-open in January with a new shop and larger service area.

Since its closure residents have faced a seven-mile round trip to Brampton Hut for petrol.

The station hit the headlines three months ago after it emerged experts had to be called in following a leak from an out-of-service fuel tank.

Though Huntingdonshire District Council's environmental health team, who investigated the leak, said there was no threat to drinking water, they ordered a clean-up and additional monitoring.

On Monday, a Shell spokesman said: "The clean-up is all in progress and is being handled by the Environment Agency. We are working in line with all the Environment Agency requirements and guidelines.

"It is all in hand and the station is due to re-open in September with new pumps, a new shop and new tanks, and an all-singing, brand-new facility in place."