There is set to be disruption on the Severn Bridge for the next fortnight as work to ensure the road is safe to be driven at 70mph is carried out.

The work includes constructing a central reservation, installing kerbs, gullies and signage as well as safety fencing and barriers, resurfacing and road marking.

This means the bridge will be closed between 8pm and 6am each week night from today (Monday, June 10) until Monday, 24 June.

The bridge will also be closed for the next two weekends from 6am on the Saturday to 6am on the Monday.

Overnight closures for alternate carriageways are also planned between 24 June and July 6 while maintenance work is completed.

Hannah Milliner, Highways England Severn Bridges general manager, said: “This is the final push to create our free-flowing motorway with a 70mph speed limit and while we appreciate it will have some impact on drivers we have worked hard to keep this to an absolute minimum, especially as there are other works in the area scheduled at the same time.

“We have analysed traffic flows carefully to check there is no significant risk of disruption and will be keeping our customers fully informed of diversions and suggested routes via signing and the media.

“We would ask that drivers plan their journeys and follow signing carefully to avoid being delayed more than necessary and we would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused during these essential works.”

Drivers are asked to use the M4 Prince of Wales Bridge as an alternative route.

Work on the M4 Prince of Wales bridge was completed at the end of May and it has already been returned to a 70mph motorway.