A lane on a busy roundabout will be closed for four weeks, it has been confirmed.  

Brickwork defects identified by highways bosses on a wall overlooking the A133 Ipswich Road roundabout in Colchester mean a lane closure will be in place from next week.

To ensure the safety of motorists and pedestrians, Essex County Council has decided work is needed on the wall below Waitrose.

It has now been confirmed the closure will take place from Wednesday, June 29 and last for four weeks.

Essex Highways have stated that the work will be carried out by a contractor at no cost to Waitrose, Essex County Council or the taxpayer.

As part of quality control processes, inspection engineers have identified defects in the retaining wall brickwork which sits alongside the busy roundabout.

“These defects could be a safety issue and if not addressed could see brickwork failing causing a safety risk to the footway and highway below,” the council stated.

The county council’s highways boss Lee Scott said: “Our utmost concern is to keep motorists and pedestrians safe.

“That is why we have taken the decision to have work carried out on this wall. Nothing is more important than pedestrian and driver safety.

“We want to sort this out now before it develops into a more serious matter, and by acting now, it will stop the need for further works in the future. We can’t leave this.