Motorists were surprised to find the A35 closed on Monday night, with some claiming there was no warning ahead of work taking place.

National Highways is carrying out safety works along sections of the A35 through Devon and Dorset.

The programme of work started this week aims to 'improve and introduce new road markings for drivers on the Bridport to Axminster section.'

The work involves overnight closures, from 8pm to 6am on weeknights only, from March 18-23, with eastbound traffic diverted via the A358, A30, A356 and A3066, and the westbound diversion in reverse.

The safety work will continue between Bridport and Dorchester from April 8-12 and along the Dorchester bypass for two shifts between April 15 and 24.

Jonathan Hill, A35 route manager for National Highways, said: “Roadside signage was installed ahead of start of this safety work, and we will also be communicating with local communities and stakeholders this week, and providing information ahead of next month’s closures.

“In the meantime we thank people for their patience during this week’s work and apologise for any lack of communication to residents affected by this week’s work and closures along the A35.”