Network Rail will begin the second and final phase of refurbishment work to Caerleon Road railway bridge on Friday 4 January.

The essential work to the 113 year-old railway bridge, which crosses Caerleon Road, will include repairs to the steelwork to strengthen the bridge, stonework repairs to the pillars, deep cleaning and painting. The work is due to be complete by Spring 2019.

A single lane road traffic management system will be in operation for the duration of the work, starting at 7am on Saturday 5 January. In addition to the single lane closure, both lanes of Caerleon Road will be temporarily closed overnight from 11.30pm to 7am on Friday 4 January, Friday 11 January, Friday 18 January, Saturday 19 January, Friday 25 January and Saturday 26 January. A temporary diversionary route will be clearly signposted. Access for pedestrians and cyclists will remain open throughout the work.

Lee Ackerman, project manager for Network Rail in Wales and Borders, said: “We would like to thank road users in advance for their patience while we complete this essential work. The essential refurbishment forms part of our Railway Upgrade Plan and will ensure that Caerleon Road bridge will remain safe for years to come.

“We have been working closely with Newport City Council to minimise disruption to the local community and road users, and have scheduled the work in two phases to avoid closing the road for an extended period.”

Phase one of the project was successfully carried out between July and November 2018.