Work has started on a roundabout as part of a long-awaited relief road through Beaconsfield.

Foundations of the roundabout, near Maxwell Road, were laid before Christmas, with cable ducting installed and kerbs fitted as part of the A355 relief road.

Once surfacing is complete, traffic from the main A355 road will be diverted on to the new roundabout to make room for construction of a new link to connect Maxwell Road and Hyde Green to the main road.

Temporary three-way traffic lights will control daytime traffic on January 11 and 14 (9.30am and 3.30pm), and night closures from 7.30pm to 6am from January 14 to January 18 will allow roundabout surfacing to be laid.

The main road will reopen at 6am on January 19.

Mark Shaw, Buckinghamshire County Council (BCC) deputy leader and transport cabinet member, said: “The roundabout is an important element of the relief road, and while it’s great to see work progressing, I hope everyone will bear with us while we lay the new surface.”

The £9.2 million project, which was given a principle go-ahead in 2017, will run from the new roundabout at Maxwell Road.

BCC said that when completed in the summer of 2019, the new stretch will relieve congestion at London End roundabout and provide a more direct link for traffic bound for the M40 and Slough.