THE boss of the firm behind works which have caused drivers weeks of delays and diversions has vowed it will be worth the road chaos.

County Broadband, which is based in Aldham, has come under fire after a series of roadworks frustrated drivers.

Villagers in Castle Hedingham and Pebmarsh are among those who have faced delays as a result of the works.

Fed-up drivers hit out at the temporary lights and road closures as a result.

The most recent works taking place in Pebmarsh started on Tuesday.

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Villagers could be faced with a diversion of up to 13 miles just to reach the other side of the small village.

County Broadband and its subcontractors are carrying out works to install and improve broadband to the areas.

The road isn’t expected to reopen until Friday, December 4 - 11 days later.

Similar works were started back in August, causing anger among residents. County Broadband’s subcontractors at the time – Telec Network – were forced to stop work and reopen the road after failing to notify villagers that the road would close.

The company says it will bring hyperfast full-fibre broadband with speeds of 1,000Mbps and beyond to villages.

County Broadband says this is around 20 times faster than the UK average currently.

It comes after it received a £46million investment from Aviva Investors to offer hyperfast broadband to select villages across the East of England.

County Broadband’s CEO, Lloyd Felton, said he sympathised with residents and wanted to allay their concerns.

He said: “Good things come to those who wait.

“These immortal words befit our times as we grapple with the challenges wrought by the pandemic.

“While there are beams of light at the end of this miserable Covid-19 tunnel, our new digital infrastructure, backed by a £46million private investment, will be a pillar for ‘building back better’.

“And it will serve generations of families and businesses for the rest of the century, and beyond.

“But with great broadband, comes a bit of disruption.

“Like taxes, roadworks are inevitable, and we really do apologise for any disruption caused.

“To mitigate this, we work with contractors to the community at least 14 days before the first spade hits the ground.

“We truly believe that two weeks of roadworks disruption are worth 100-plus years of broadband bliss.

“For the short-term pain, there will be long-term gain.

“Working from home, streaming in 4k, Zoom calls with loved ones - you’ll thank yourself for your patience as much as we will.”