DRIVERS are being warned to expect delays during five days of resurfacing work due to start tomorrow.

Diversions will be in place and traffic lights installed while work takes place in Bournmoor, near Chester-le-Street.

Work is taking place on the busy A1052, used by motorists heading from the Chester-le-Street area to Houghton-le-Spring and the A690.

Work by Durham County Council starts on Sunday, when temporary traffic lights will be put in place at Rose Crescent and Primrose Hill.

From Monday to Thursday, a section of Rose Crescent from the A1052 roundabout will be closed to traffic between 9.30am and 3.30pm.

The closure will also apply to a short stretch of Primrose Hill eastwards from the roundabout.

The A1052 will remain open throughout the work with two-way traffic lights in place.

Temporary lights will again be in place on Friday while the final stages of the scheme are carried out.

A diversion will be in place taking traffic approaching the south side of the roundabout north west to the junction with the A182 at Houghton Gate, then east on the A183 to the junction with Rose Crescent and vice versa.

Vehicles under seven feet tall will be able to use Lambton Lane.

John Reed, Durham County Council’s head of technical services, said: “We appreciate that these works, which are part of our ongoing programme to maintain the county’s road network, may cause some disruption for motorists.

“We have tried to limit the impact on motorists but would like to thank people in advance for their patience.”