MAJOR road works are set to cut off Armitage Bridge for two months this summer.

Armitage Road, which runs through the village, will be closed for up to eight weeks because of main- tenance by Kirklees Council.

Drivers will face long diversions.

The work will stretch from the river bridge to Meltham Road.

Residents agree that the work needs to be done but are concerned about parking arrangements while the resurfacing goes ahead.

The work will also include drainage improvements, wall rebuilding and resurfacing the footpath.

The work on the narrow road will start on May 17 but the road closure will not come into effect until July 5.

Residents will be able to get to their own properties by car, but this may be by an alternative route such as Meltham Road, Bridge Street, Woodhead Road and Stockwell Hill.

Mr Graham Mallory, group engineer for Kirklees Council's , highway maintenance department, told residents: "Unfortunately the works cannot be carried out without some inconvenience, although every effort will be made to keep this to a minimum.

"I ask you for your patience and understanding during their progress."

And he has asked that residents do not park their vehicles outside their homes between 8am and 4 pm.

Mr Jon Evans, senior engineer, said: "I appreciate it's going to cause some disruption but there is little alternative.

"Another letter will be sent out nearer the day informing residents more about the work involved."

Trees at the far end of Armitage Road will not be affected by the work.