Plans have emerged to build new "robust" bollards on the iconic Marlow Bridge in a bid to stop drivers of heavy vehicles flouting weight restrictions and damaging the historic landmark.

It is hoped the plans will prevent a repeat of scenes from 2016 when a lorry driver ignored the three-tone weight limit and drove over the bridge, forcing it to close for two months.

The designs are still a work in progress, however they are expected to be revealed in the next two weeks, according to Bucks County Councillor for Marlow, Alex Collingwood.

Speaking at a meeting of the Marlow Chamber of Commerce on Monday, he said: “We will have some designs for some bollards in the next couple of weeks, which we will share with the business community.

“They will be bigger and chunkier and more robust to stop the really big lorries, but we will be looking at long term plans as well.”

Earlier this year an investigation found "clear evidence" that vehicles heavier than the three-tonne weight limit frequently use the bridge, sparking fears the landmark could be permanently damaged if drivers continue to ignore restriction.