A busy main road is to be reopened next week following 12 weeks of roadworks and closures.

The Elstree Crossroads junction will reopen next Monday, September 1, after several sets of roadworks on the road have been completed.

The work has meant that both Aldenham Road and Watford Road have been closed since the beginning of June, leaving some businesses out of pocket.

Owners of The Fishery Pub, in Watford Road, suffered a drastic fall in takings during the closures and staff say they will be pleased to see the road open again.

Assistant manager Ben Theobald said: “Trade has completely gone down in the past few weeks. There’s occasionally a slight rush but we’ve lost a lot of profits.

“We’re looking forward to the road reopening. We are going to actually be able to work and be busy.”

The work, which was originally due to take 26 weeks, has been completed in 12 weeks.

Hertfordshire County Council contractor Eurovia has had crews working extended hours and for seven days a week in order to complete the work before the end of the school summer holidays.

Improvements to the junction include the addition of right turn lanes leading from Watford Road and Elstree Hill South, and all work that has been carried out is in keeping with the Elstree village conservation area.

By widening Watford Road, and improving traffic signals and road markings, the council hopes the number of accidents will be cut and congestion will fall.

Terry Douris, cabinet member for highways, said: “I'd like to thank the public for their patience while we completed these important improvement works. The council has worked hard with our contractors to ensure that the works have been done in the quickest possible time.

“We believe that those now travelling through the area and the local residents alike with see the benefits that the scheme will deliver.”