The first phase of work set to last a whole year is underway at the already hugely busy Sadlers Farm Junction.

Despite a two-year project to rebuild the junction finishing 2012, more work is now taking place with motorists braced for constant disruption.

Essex County Council announced in September that more work is needed on the A13/A130 junction in Benfleet.

Balfour Beatty has begun the work, under the orders of the county council which uncovered problems with the previous work during a survey.

The work will remedy drainage problems on the A13 Link Road and bearings will be replaced on two of the bridges to “improve bridge movement and ensure we maximise their life”.

The works should have ensured a lifespan of 120 years for the junction but the council survey found the drainage and other problems could considerably reduce that.

As they are still under contract, Balfour Beatty \are required to carry out the work at no cost to the taxpayer.

This first phase of work is being carried out overnight.

Residents initially reacted with shock that more work would be needed so close to their homes.

The initial work between 2010 and 2012 caused huge delays for residents, who were met by stand-still traffic on a daily basis.

But Essex County Council has insisted the work will be done with minimal disruption, with large amounts done overnight when the roads are relatively clear.

Essex County Council has confirmed that the first phase of work is on track.

Starting yesterday, lane one westbound from Sadlers Farm roundabout to the A13 will be closed from 9pm to 5am until November 12.

From November 13, to 24, Brackendale Avenue will be closed with a diversion. From November 13 to 17, London Road will have a single lane closure in both directions from 9pm to 5am.

From November 18 to 24 there will be a single lane closure on Canvey Way controlled by temporary traffic lights from 9pm to 5am.