MOTORISTS are enduring two-hour journeys because two sets of roadworks are causing traffic chaos.

Watery Lane in Hullbridge is shut and Rawreth Lane, Hullbridge, has been reduced to one lane with temporary traffic lights and both are in place for 11 weeks.

Watery Lane is closed for work on the 500-home development in Malyons Lane by Barratt David Wilson Homes.

In addition, work on a 192-home development by Countryside Properties is affecting Rawreth Lane.

Barbara Dixon, 67, of Burlington Gardens, Hullbridge said: “You cannot get out during rush hours. You have to queue for what seems like hours every day.

“I work in Chelmsford and have to leave the house almost two hours before I start work because the traffic is so horrendous.

“I don’t understand why these works were agreed for the same time.

“It feels like the highways department has not thought about the impact this is having.”

Emily Howard, 28, of Hillcrest Avenue, Hullbridge said: “Hullbridge becomes gridlocked at peak times.

It’s all anyone is talking about and is a major concern from everyone.

“I’ve been late for a work a few times because and it. It’s going to be the same for 11 weeks which will be hell.

“I’ve seen people trying to turn around at the top of both roads.”

A spokesman for Essex Highways, said: “We apologise for any inconvenience caused by the unforeseen road closure at Watery Lane.

“However, following advice from Essex Police on the issues caused by the three-way lights at the end of Watery Lane, this was the only alternative option available, so that two-way lights could be used.

“This work is taking place during the quieter school holidays to reduce the inconvenience as much as possible. Although we appreciate it may still cause delays, the measures have had to be put in place for the safety of the driving public and the workforce during the construction of the roundabout.

“The temporary traffic lights in Rawreth Lane are only permitted between 10am and 3pm, avoiding traffic peaks. The only exceptions to that are if there is a delivery to the site, when any restrictions should be brief.”