ROAD works outside a supermarket and near a secondary school that were abandoned in September because it was causing too much disruption will return tomorrow.

Brighton Way in Brighton Hill will be closed from Monday, November 16 for four weeks as SGN return to finish gas works.

It had been replacing the gas main along the road in September, but they were "temporarily paused" because traffic was backing up onto Brighton Hill roundabout, with one ward councillor labelling that as "incredibly dangerous".

Now they've announced that they will return to finish the essential works, citing lower levels of traffic during lockdown.

But this time, they have been given permission to close Brighton Way, between the two mini roundabouts outside Asda.

Diversions will take motorists around Brighton Hill roundabout, down The Harrow Way, along Hatch Warren Way and back along Brighton Way.

The work will last four weeks, meaning it is likely it will not be completed before the end of the second lockdown.

Ward councillor for Brighton Hill North, Cllr Andy Konieczko, said: "The aim is to do as much of the works as possible during lockdown, when traffic levels should be lower than they were back in the summer.

"SGN believe that this will be less disruptive than the traffic lights they used in the summer, which led to dangerous tailbacks onto Brighton Hill roundabout at times.

"I appreciate the efforts that have been made to minimise disruption, but I’m concerned that local residents are going to suffer again during these road works. The fact that a lot of the work will take place during lockdown will help, but parents still need to take their children to the nearby schools and people will have to continue buying their groceries.

"I’ve spoken to SGN about my concerns. They’ve said that they don’t see an alternative to the road closure and that they’ll do what they can to finish the work ahead of schedule, but they can’t make any promises.

"It’s a tricky situation - the work needs to be done in a very busy location, so some disruption is inevitable, regardless of the steps that everyone takes to try to minimise the impact. The sooner work completes the better."

He also urged drivers affected by the closure to stick to the diversion routes, rather than cutting through "unsuitable residential roads like Sullivan Road".