A One-way traffic system at Bewdley Bridge which could last for nearly two years will be in place from tomorrow (October 19).

The management system will affect Kidderminster Road and the main bridge into Bewdley as the main construction works for new flood defences on Beales Corner are carried out by the Environment Agency.

The one-way system will see traffic flowing into the town centre from the Wribbenhall side. All roads will remain open both ways for pedestrians and cyclists.

Traders in Bewdley previously raised concerns about the impact it may have on the town's economy. A 'Magic Tenner' initiative was launched earlier this month, with traders offering discounts to support their businesses and local suppliers up to October 21.

Wyre Forest District Council has also offered motorists a free hour’s parking at Gardners Meadow car park on Mondays to Fridays between 8am and 6pm, which will start from November 6. It's to encourage people to visit the town whilst the works are carried out.

A spokesperson for the Environment Agency said: "Traffic management will commence from 19 October 2023 and will be in place through most of the construction period, which is anticipated to be between 18 and 22 months.

"In line with the requirements of the Worcestershire County Council traffic order, there will also be a one-way system in place on Westbourne Street.

"This has been required by Worcestershire County Council due to concerns for public safety.

"This one-way system will run from north to south from the junction with Kidderminster Road to the junction with Stourport Road and will also be implemented from 19 October".

After the flooding in 2020, funding was made available by the government for impacted communities, enabling the Environment Agency to consider a flood risk management scheme for the Beales Corner area of Bewdley and keep the main roads into the town open at times of flood.