Drivers in Sussex were caught up in five-mile tailbacks after a set of traffic barriers were put on the wrong section of the busiest roads in the county.

They were set up on the A23, reducing northbound traffic to one lane and causing motorists to suffer 90-minute delays at the peak of the morning rush hour.

According to The Argus, drivers were left "speechless" when they encountered the tailbacks, which the Highways Agency has since apologised for.

The organisation added that it would be having "frank discussions" with the contractors, who took until 11.30 GMT to remove the obstruction.

A spokesman for the organisation told the newspaper: "While starting work on a drainage improvement scheme on the A23 near Bolney, a roadworks crew mistakenly closed a lane on a two lane section of the road which should have remained open, leading to delays for drivers."

The Highways Agency has also warned drivers using the M62 in Yorkshire that certain section of the motorway will be closed over the weekend for maintenance work.

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