MAJOR roadworks set to last 12 weeks have started today.

The planned gasworks on Rochford Road, will mean that access onto the road, northbound from the Bell junction will be blocked for three months.

The gas works will allow improvements on the A127 in the future, as Cadent Gas will divert their nearby gas main.

The works also mean that the A127 westbound right hand turn onto Rochford Road, the A127 eastbound left hand turn onto Rochford Road, and access onto Rochford Road from Hobleythick Lane will also all be prohibited.

UK Power Networks will also be carrying out work at the same time.

Ron Woodley, councillor for transport, capital and inward investment, said: "The preliminary works for the Bell junction improvement works are underway, and the next phase is set to begin next week.

"We have learned lessons from previous improvement works and as such, we are ensuring all gas pipes and wiring has been moved appropriately, prior to the main work beginning.

“Whilst I appreciate this closure isn’t ideal for local residents and motorists, I must reiterate the importance of getting this work done as early as possible to avoid any potential issues later on in the project.

"We of course, apologise in advance for any inconvenience this may cause, with the diversions clearly signposted throughout the duration of the works.”