A DATE has now been confirmed for works to refurbish one of the main routes over the River Severn in Worcester.

Sabrina Bridge will be closed completely from October 12 for 7 weeks as work to replace its main span is carried out.

Worcestershire County Council announced the work was finally underway on September 28, with the bridge currently still open until the bridge is removed.

According to Worcestershire County Council, the work is being carried out now as it was "vital" to get it done before the winter months.

Due to other works taking place and restrictions on the availability and supply of materials such as steel during lockdown, this is the first opportunity the council has had to begin the work.

Two cranes will be located in Hylton Road, while the main crane will be in Grandstand Road.

Due to the size, weight and reach of the crane located in Grandstand Road, it will mean this road is fully closed during the operation.

Part of the cranes located in Hylton Road will need to be positioned on the road itself, which is why a lane will be closed during the works.

The new bridge deck is a composite material which has been specifically chosen as it performs much better in wintery conditions than the current wooden slats.