Motorists in Benfleet are facing severe disruption due to three-way traffic lights that have been set up in Essex Way to control traffic while gas leak repairs continue. 

The three-way lights - which have been in place since the start of the month - currently remain in place with an emergency repair being required over the weekend.

The area affected currently is opposite The Anchor Pub, in Essex Way, with AA Traffic reporting a significant build up of traffic on approach to the lights. 

Essex County Councillor for South Benfleet, Andrew Sheldon, said: "They are fixing the leak tonight and are hoping to start reinstatement this morning.

"This will mean delays in the area for the morning rush hour which are unavoidable as these are emergency works.

"Please allow extra time for your journeys around Essex Way and coming onto and off of Canvey in the morning."

Work is expected to be completed today.