DRIVERS trying to get through Bradford on Avon face long delays this week while Wiltshire Council contractors work on improvements to two major routes through the town.

The closure of the A363 through Market Street and Masons Lane is likely to lead to long delays for traffic trying to get through the town centre.

Lengthy diversions are being signposted through the town centre, and through Trowbridge, Holt and Staverton for drivers trying to get around them.

A Wiltshire Council spokesman urged drivers to avoid the town if possible or, if they can’t, to follow the signposted diversions to avoid the roadworks in the town centre.

He said: “We apologise for the inconvenience while this essential work is taking place. We would advise people to find alternative routes if at all possible.”

Early morning rush hour traffic was tailed back as far as the Westwood turn off from the Frome Road and it was taking more than 20 minutes to reach the town centre.

The work to reconstruct the carriageway in Market Street and Masons Lane and then re-surface the road is expected to take most of this week and is currently on schedule despite the wet weather.

Towards the end of the work, the workers from C H Contracting, will then start work on the B3107 through Silver Street as far as its junction with the Holt Road.

Access will be maintained for local residents and businesses where possible, although long delays are likely due to the nature of the works.

The A363 through Market Street and Masons Lane is being temporarily closed from 7am to 6pm. Traffic is being diverted via B3109 Mount Pleasant, New Road and Springfield to the B3107 Holt Road, Woolley Street and Silver Street and vice versa.

The B3107 closure will take place for 24 hours on Sunday, March 18. Through traffic will be diverted via Trowbridge along the B3107, B3105, B3106 and A363 and vice versa.

Further closures were originally scheduled for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, March 21, 22 and 23. It is not known whether these will still be required as the original plans changed.