ROADWORKS affecting a major Weymouth roundabout and part of the town's bypass will continue for at least another month, it has been confirmed.

Gas works at Chafeys roundabout and on the A354 Weymouth Way is now expected to finish in the first week of August.

SGN is upgrading the pipe system following a gas leak discovered at the beginning of the year.

A number of road restrictions are in place including reduced speed limits. The pedestrian crossing is also out of action.

Last week SGN told the Echo that work would be finishing this week.

However the company has now apologised for issuing the wrong information and says work will actually continue for another four to five weeks.

SGN spokesman Waseem Hanif explained that the new gas main at Chafeys roundabout has now been laid and is undergoing safety testing.

"Once the testing is complete, we’ll begin work to connect gas service pipes, which supply individual homes and businesses in the area", he said.

"Firstly, we’ll need to dig around five metres below ground which will require specialist contractors and take around two weeks. Next, our teams will start the complex task of completing the new connections to the gas main."

According to SGN, the confusion over the dates was due to a project manager being on holiday at the time the statement was issued.

"All going well, we hope to complete our work and restore the pedestrian crossing in Weymouth Way, while removing all the traffic management, in the first week of August", Mr Hanif added.

"We know roadworks are frustrating for residents and motorists however, our work will help ensure the protection of local wildlife and the environment while maintaining a safe and reliable gas supply for many years to come."