A ROGUE manhole caused long delays on the A120 yesterday morning.

Traffic heading both westbound and eastbound at Bradwell ground to a halt after a manhole cover lifted and caused several punctures to cars.

Some drivers affected were left stranded at the BP petrol station on the westbound side of the carriageway after suffering blowouts.

Queues formed on both sides of the road and drivers were warned to expect delays.

Essex Traffic Control Centre said traffic was returning to normal by 10am and the manhole cover has now been replaced.