MAJOR works at Rose Grove in Burnley, close to junction nine of the M65 are set to start on Monday.

The £3million scheme involves widening the junction will help to manage traffic congestion.

Three of the four arms of the junction will remain open throughout with temporary lights in place, with Accrington Road to the west needing to be closed for lengthy periods.

But Lancashire County Council is advising that it will try to keep all arms open during the initial phase to reduce the impact on residents and businesses.

County Cllr Keith Iddon, cabinet member for highways and transport, said: "This scheme is vital to the future of Burnley, and to ensure that congestion does not become a barrier to growth, however it has always been clear that carrying it out will be disruptive.

"I would like to remind everyone that this work starts next week, so would ask people to find alternative routes if they do not need to travel though this area, and leave extra time for their journeys if they do.

"We will have to close Accrington Road soon in any case, but will try to keep it open at first as we think this should be possible for the initial phase of the project.

"We are hopeful that we can make this work in order to minimise the initial disruption to residents and businesses, particularly in the immediate area."