MANNINGTREE'S underpass will be closed for five days as of next week.

Either side of the underpass of the bridge, on the A137, will be closed for repair work from Monday, October 15 until Friday, October 19.

The work is expected to take place between 9.30am and 3.30pm.

An Essex Highways spokesman said: “The work will involve trial holes to see whether there is sufficient space and stability to put in traffic signals and the supporting cables which could regulate traffic under the bridge.

"The section of road under the bridge will be closed to allow safe working.

"Closure may extend from 8am -5pm but we hope to do the work during off-peak times between 9.30 and 3pm.”

The bridge over the underpass will remain open.