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Thousands of drivers in the Thames Valley are facing eight months of chaos as major work to replace a railway bridge gets underway next month.
The work is needed to improve safety and allow for a major railway improvement project. The brickwork on the A339 Newbury bridge will be completely replaced.
The bridge is the main route through Newbury and drivers have been told by the Highways Agency (HA) to expect closures and narrow lanes.
Main construction will begin on Monday 4 March, when narrow lanes will be introduced. At times lanes and even the entire road will be closed.
The HA say upgraded parapets will offer better protection for drivers and rail users, and will also help to clear the way for the future electrification of the railway line beneath the bridge.