Motorists in Rayleigh have been warned to expect delays when month-long roadworks get underway next week.

Work will be taking place along London Road/ A129 near to Lower Barn Farm to create an access road to the new 500-home Wolsey Park development.

As of Monday, there will be single file traffic permitted only, meaning temporary two-way traffic lights will be in place.

The lights will be in operation from 7am to 7pm, seven days a week.

The first phase of the work is due to finish on August 15.

Contractors will be completing a number of projects, including:

• Water and electricity supply connection works to the development

• New junction access along the northern side of London Road with a right turn filter lane and improved street lighting

• Relocation and improvement to two bus stops

• Some drainage and minor footway works

• Carriageway resurfacing

The second phase of works will take overnight between August 16 and 21.

It will mean a full closure will be in place along the same stretch of London Road.

Announcing the upcoming works, an Essex County Council spokesman said: “These works have been phased taking into consideration other development works in the area, such as London Rd/Little Wheatley Chase, to ensure that traffic management arrangements are co-ordinated and clashes avoided, to keep any anticipated travel disruption to a minimum.

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“Traffic management will be reviewed and adjusted where necessary according to the works being undertaken.

“We recommend however that drivers allow extra time when passing through the area and observe all signage in place.”

County Hall says dates for the works are subject to change.