WORK to re-open Worcester's main pedestrian bridge over the River Severn is to commence again this week.

Sabrina Bridge was due to re-open in December, but this was delayed following rising river levels and flooding in Worcester.

This week however, with water levels falling, the bridge work is set to resume again, with it set to re-open in the coming weeks.

A Worcestershire County Council spokesperson said: “In late December, works to reinstall Sabrina Bridge following its extensive offsite refurbishment were postponed due to high river levels preventing safe completion of works on the main span crossing the River Severn.

“As the river level has now dropped, we are able to resume works this week to complete the re-installation of the bridge.

“We’ll confirm the opening date as soon as possible.”

Originally built in 1992 by Worcester City Council, the bridge is being fully refurbished for the first time, though regular maintenance work has been carried out over the decades since.

Work started on the revamp in October and saw the main span of the bridge removed and replaced with a new composite deck, designed to perform better in the winter months.

The work has meant temporary traffic lights have been in place in Hylton Road.

The move was initially criticised as it came at the same time as roadworks in St John’s and saw roads around the area choked up.

Changes to the control of the traffic lights were put in place to try and alleviate the traffic issues.