TOWN centre roadworks start on Monday at one of Northwich's busiest roundabouts.

Work on the Chesterway and Leicester Street roundabout is set to last until September as the junction is transformed as part of a multi-million pound scheme.

Cllr Brian Clarke, Cheshire West and Chester Council's cabinet member for economic development and infrastructure, said: "The improvements to Chesterway/Leicester Street roundabout are essential to significantly improve traffic flow, so the town can cope with the extra traffic generated by new retail and leisure developments such as Barons Quay, Memorial Court and the Lion Salt Works.

"They will also ensure that pedestrians and cyclists can continue to navigate these roads safely.

"We will continue to work with traders and residents to minimise any disruption, and will be keeping them informed as the scheme progresses."

The scheme has been financed with £3.4 million Government pinch point funding to increase the size of the roundabout to cope with future traffic and provide pedestrian crossing facilities.

CWAC said traffic signals will be installed on the roundabout and extra parking will also be provided to support businesses in the area.

Essential utility company diversion works have already taken place in preparation for the scheme.

AE Yates has been named the contractor for the roundabout work.

The council and its contractors aim to work with traders to reduce the impact of the scheme and minimise disruption to businesses and residents.

During the construction, access will be maintained to businesses and residents but, to carry out the works safely, diversion routes will be in operation at certain times.

The roundabout links Chesterway, Leicester Street, New Warrington Road and Station Road.

Plans for the roundabout were first announced in 2013 but these were axed in December 2014 while an alternative idea put forward by objectors was considered.

Cheshire West and Chester Council said this alternative layout would not be viable due to cost and technical issues but it amended its original plans.