A bridge used by motorists and pedestrians is due to be closed for over two months.

Aldermaston Wharf Lifting Bridge will have a "major refurbishment" to ensure the crossing continues to function reliably and effectively.

West Berkshire Council has announced that the bridge will be closed from January 8, 2024, until March 15, 2024.

The refurbishment works require the removal of the entire moving bascule part of the bridge to a steel fabrication yard for structural repairs and repainting - this will see the A340 close during this time.

The Aldermaston Wharf Lifting Bridge carries the A340 over the Kennet and Avon Canal and is considered a "vital" transport link connecting local communities.

It was constructed in the early 1980s and many of the structural, mechanical, electrical, and hydraulic systems essential for the bridge’s operation have become worn or are now outdated, with spare parts becoming increasingly harder to source.

The canal will also be closed during the refurbishment.

Councillor Denise Gaines, portfolio holder for Highways, Housing and Sustainable Travel said: "The upgrade of Aldermaston Wharf Bridge is essential to ensure the Bridge remains in a reliable working condition for many years to come. We understand the inconvenience caused by the road closure and assure you that we are working diligently to complete the project as quickly as possible."