THE five-month roadworks scheme in Swanage town centre has been temporarily halted.

Dorset Council says work on the project – to improve safety along Institute Road ­– is stopping to protect the workforce, who are unable to maintain the two-metre separation distance set out in government guidelines.

This means that from 2pm, today, the town centre traffic flow reverted back to normal.

Institute Road has reopened to traffic and the temporary two-way lights have been removed from the High Street.

Kings Road East has also reverted back to normal and Stafford Road has reopened to two-way traffic.

Earlier this month lengthy traffic queues were reported on the approach to Swanage town centre because of the ongoing work.