Major repairs to one of Durham City Centre's bridges are expected to begin next month.

There will be a full road closure in place as significant work takes place from July 20th on New Elvet Bridge, lasting up to 14 months.

Linking the east and west sides of Durham, the bridge carries an average of 17,000 vehicles a day each year.

It was constructed in 1975 to relieve traffic from the adjacent Old Elvet Bridge and the market place as part of the Durham City Relief Road project, and the repairs are crucial for the long-term future of the bridge.

The project will cost £7.5 million to complete. Durham County Council has been awarded £4.238 million towards the repairs from the Department for Transport.

"Although there will be major disruption while these works are carried out, it is essential that this work is undertaken. We would encourage people to avoid travelling through the city during peak travel times if possible and to plan extra time for their journeys. Hopefully, with more people now working from home, it will be easier to manage the delays and disruption during peak times.

Cllr Brian Stephens, Cabinet member for neighbourhoods and local partnerships, Durham County Council