Larger bollards will be installed at Marlow Bridge this month in a bid to stop overweight vehicles crossing it, with the bridge also set to be closed while the installation takes place.

Earlier this year, plans emerged to build new “robust” bollards on the bridge in a bid to prevent a repeat of scenes from 2016 when a lorry driver ignored the three-tonne weight limit and drove over it, forcing it to close for two months.

And less than a year later, another lorry burst its tyres attempting to cross it.

Bucks County Council said the work is expected to start On October 22 – during the half-term holidays – and will take around two weeks to complete.

It will be undertaken on weeknights, between 9pm and 6am, in a bid to minimise the impact on surrounding roads, and a third week of work could be required, depending on the weather.

The council wrote in a letter seen by the Marlow Free Press: “In order to undertake these works in a safe manner, Marlow Bridge will be closed to all vehicular traffic for the duration of the works, except for the weekends.

“Temporary traffic diversions using alternative routes will be in operation for the duration of the road closure.

“Vehicular access for the residents and emergency services will still be possible up to the limits of the site, but not across the bridge.”

Pedestrians will still be able to use the bridge via the walkway.

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