DRIVERS are reminded of scheduled closures to the Queen Alexandra Bridge in Sunderland which start on Monday.

The bridge will be closed Southbound for 11 weeks from Monday, June 7 while £420,000 worth of maintenance is carried out.

The works will see infrastructure specialists Balfour Beatty remove cables from the bridge, rail deck and abutments which have been in place since 1985.

New rails will be installed, and repairs will be made to existing stonework.

During this time drivers travelling south will be diverted over Wearmouth Bridge or Northern Spire.

Executive Director of City Development at Sunderland City Council, Peter McIntyre said: "Like any structure, bridges such as the Queen Alexandra Bridge must be properly maintained, and the upcoming upgrades allow us to make sure they are in excellent condition.

"To allow the team to complete the work in a safe environment, the bridge must be closed southbound during the work.

"While the council apologises in advance for any inconvenience, we are very much committed to improving our city's highways network."

The council said the works form part its multi-million-pound investment into the city's roads, footways and bridges.