DRIVERS face lengthy overnight diversions from the start of next month in Worcester while bridge maintenance is carried out.

Network Rail plans to shut Newtown Road from its junction with Midland Road to its junction with Sherriff Street for the work to be carried out and, with overnight diversions in place from Monday, November 1, for an expected 10 nights.

Drivers will be diverted along Newtown Road, Nunnery Way, Swinesherd Way, Whittington Road, London Road and Wyld’s Lane and vice versa between 10pm and 6am while the maintenance programme is carried out.

The following day, footpath repair work will mean the closure of Lansdowne Road from its junction with Rainbow Hill to its junction with Mayfield Avenue. Access to frontages will be allowed but eastbound through traffic will have to use Rainbow Hill, Astwood Road, Bilford Road, Droitwich Road, Barbourne Road, The Tything, St Marys Street and Chestnut Walk. Westbound through traffic will be taken along Chestnut Walk, Sansome Walk, Sansome Place, St Nicholas Street, Foregate Street, The Tything, Barbourne Road, Droitwich Road, Bilford Road, Astwood Road and Rainbow Hill.

Work is due to begin on Tuesday, November 2, and is set to last 11 days.

And footpath works in Dines Green will mean the closure of Norfolk Close from its junction with Tudor Way to its junction with Hawkins Close for five days as from Friday, October 29.

Waterworks will mean the closure of a St John’s street for two days at the start of next month.

Blakefield Gardens will be closed from its junction with Bromyard Road to its junction with Graham Road for the duration of the works by Severn Trent. The one-way system on Graham Road will also be suspended while the work is carried out, beginning on Monday, November 1.