Drivers using the A14 this week are being met with a 45-mile diversion route during overnight closures. 

The A14 will be closed overnight between junction 51 at Needham Market and junction 43 at Bury St Edmunds while National Highways carries out road investigation work and vegetation clearance.

UK Power Networks will also be removing overhead cables during the closure. 

The westbound carriageway will be closed overnight between Tuesday, August 29 and Wednesday, August 30.

It will then also be closed overnight on Friday, September 1 and Monday, September 4.

The eastbound carriageway will be closed overnight on Tuesday, September 5.

The overnight closures will take place between 8pm and 6am.

The roadworks are part of National Highways' plans to extend the lifetime of the A14.

Westbound traffic will be diverted to exit the A14 at junction 51, before taking the A140 towards Diss and then the A143 towards Bury St Edmunds to re-join the A14 at junction 43.

Eastbound traffic will exit at junction 43, then take the A143 and the A140, before re-joining the A14 at junction 51. 

A spokesman for National Highways said drivers should expect the diversion route to increase journey times by about 40 minutes.