Work to construct a new roundabout on the A695 between Prudhoe and Crawcrook will get under way next month.

The new lay-out will replace the existing T- junction between the A695 and the B6395 Stanleyburn Road, and work is due to start on August 5 for up to 16 weeks.

The works were included as a planning condition attached to the development of Gentoo Homes' Cottier Grange development on the site of Prudhoe Hospital in Northumberland.

The majority of the work will be completed off the highway and two-way traffic flows will be maintained on both the A695 and B6395 at all times.

However, it is likely that some work will be required on the carriageway and temporary traffic signals will be needed to provide sufficient safety clearance between traffic and the workforce. Delays caused by queuing traffic will be expected during this time, especially during the morning and evening peaks.

A full road closure will be required when the final road surfacing is carried out, though this will done during the night to minimise traffic disruption.

In a statement, Gateshead Council apologised for any inconvenience the works may cause and asked drivers to allow a little more time for their journeys.