Drivers travelling on the A35 west of Dorchester are being warned they will be held up by temporary traffic lights over the next couple of weeks.

National Grid is in the process of removing pylons from the west Dorset skyline.

As part of this work, traffic management is required on the A35 west of Winterbourne Abbas for eight days over the next two weeks.

Two-way traffic lights will be in place to momentarily hold traffic travelling in both directions to allow construction vehicles to turn in the road.

This will occur approximately four times an hour while traffic management is operational (9.30am-3pm).

At all other times the lights will be green.

The work affecting the A35 when traffic lights will be in use for certain period of the day will take place from Monday, November 25 to Thursday November 28 and also from Monday, December 2 to Thursday, December 5.

A National Grid spokesman said: The short period of works are part of the construction phase of our VIP project in Dorset and is necessary to ensure the safety of residents, road users and our construction staff.

"On behalf of National Grid and our contractors, Morgan Sindall, we would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused."

National Grid says the 'VIP project' is an opportunity to enhance the west Dorset landscape. The works will transform views from the Hardy Monument and South Dorset Ridgeway, enhancing the area’s natural beauty for the many local people and visitors who enjoy it.

The project will see 22 pylons removed between Winterbourne Abbas and Friar Waddon.

If you have any questions about the planned lane closure, get in touch with the VIP project team by calling 0330 134 0051 or email