OVERNIGHT road works on the A14 will start on Thursday and will include lane closures and diversions.

Work is set to take place on a 10-mile section of the A14 between Girton Interchange and Spittals Interchange.

The Highways Agency said the maintenance work would be carried out in both directions on week nights only between 9pm and 6am, and should be completed by Monday, October 3, weather permitting.

Keith Hutchinson, Highways Agency project sponsor, said: "This work will maintain the road surface and minimise the need for emergency roadworks.

"The work has been carefully planned to keep disruption to a minimum and that is why it is taking place overnight when traffic flows are lowest.

"We ask that drivers allow extra time and take extra care when travelling along the diversion routes."

Work will be carried out in two phases:

The first will be from Thursday and Friday on the westbound carriageway between Girton and Spittals as well as the A1307 Huntingdon Road out of Cambridge.

Westbound traffic will be diverted onto the A428 at the Girton interchange to join the A1 northbound at St Neots and rejoin the A14 westbound at Brampton Hut. Local residents and residents of Bar Hill and Lolworth will be signed off the A428 at Hardwick and up to the Dry Drayton junction.

Phase two - from September 28 until October 3 will be on the eastbound carriageway which will be closed between Spittals and Girton. Eastbound traffic will be diverted onto the A1 southbound at Brampton Hut, to join the A428 eastbound at St Neots and back onto the A14 at Girton. On October 3 the A14 eastbound will be open from junction 24 (Godmanchester). Local residents with access directly off the A14 will be escorted through the works.

nA further scheme to maintain the embankment and replace the safety barrier on the eastbound carriageway of the A14 at Godmanchester will start on Wednesday, September 28, for approximately one month. There will be 24-hour narrow lanes in place as well as 50mph speed restriction.