IMPROVEMENT work to two key bridges in Hook is set to swing into action – but it will lead to delays for motorists.

Hampshire County Council has agreed to carry out work to defence barriers on the Fulsome Bridge and the Fulsome South Bridge on the A30 near Hook.

As part of the works, which are expected to start on April 7, new parapets and safety barriers will be installed to comply with highway standards, the edges of the bridge decks will be strengthened to hold the new parapets, and the deck will be waterproofed.

The existing parapets cannot be strengthened due to their current condition and there are currently concrete barriers placed in front of existing parapets to provide a temporary solution.

A temporary speed limit of 40mph will be introduced as part of the planned improvement on London Road. The £330,000 project is expected to last 27 weeks.

Councillor Seán Woodward, Hampshire County Council’s executive member for economy, transport and environment, said: “This scheme is essential to maintain the safety of the road and that of road users. Temporary safety measures currently in place will be replaced with permanent ones, and once it is complete, the bridges will be safer, stronger and more durable.

“We will plan all works to minimise disruption, and information will be updated regularly so people can plan their journeys.”