DRIVERS could face a string of delays when multiple roadworks begin as a village looks set upgrade its broadband speeds.

Residents in Castle Hedingham could suffer delays, with as many as six sets of roadworks planned for the village in the coming week.

Two of the planned roadworks start today with County Broadband closing King Street in order to conduct multiple roadworks to install ultra-fast fibre optic broadband.

The work on King Street starts today and could take until Friday, September 11.

Three more sets of road works are also planned for St James’s Street with County Broadband carrying more work on broadband infrastructure.

Those works are set to begin on Monday, September 7, but should be finished by Thursday the same week.

Two sites are located at the St James’s Street’s junction with King Street while the other is further to the east, near the junction with Bayley Street.

While St James’s Street is unlikely to be closed, it is believed there may be a number of temporary traffic lights planned.

More works are also planned for St James’s Street the following week with work expected to start on Monday, September 14.

This time the work is being conducted by Anglian Water to repair a communication pipe.

These roadworks are expected to finish by Wednesday, September 16, and more temporary traffic lights will be in place.

Castle Hedingham is already experiencing another set of roadworks as County Broadband closed Castle Lane last week.

The road is expected to open again before Tuesday, September 8.

An Essex Highways spokesperson said: “These works are mainly for installation of new ultra-fast fibre broadband to homes in the area.

“There is also some water main connection work, which Essex Highways does co-ordinate to be completed while the work is being completed on the road.

“Traffic during the work will mostly be managed with multi-way traffic lights, but in two cases temporary road closures with diversions are required.”