REPAIR work to Grade II-listed Wool Bridge has now been completed.

The Dorset County Council (DCC) project started after the bridge, which featured in Thomas Hardy's novel Tess of the D'Urbervilles, partially collapsed in January.

According to Historic England the structure is the best preserved Elizabethan bridge in the county.

Dorset Highways contracts manager Jack Wiltshire said: "We are incredibly proud of the work we have carried out on Wool bridge and we’re pleased to have worked with individuals who are experts in their field.

"This partnership approach has ensured a seamless and long-lasting repair to this much-loved bridge."

Although the damaged wall and arch of the bridge have now been reinforced and repaired, the road surface over the bridge will be resurfaced next week.

The bridge will be closed to pedestrians and cyclists from 9am to 4pm on Wednesday so asphalt can be laid in one section.

Firms that worked on the project with DCC included South West Crane Hire, Mark Farwell Plant Hire, G&P Services, OnSite Portadamm South Western Scaffolding, Suttle Projects, Mabey Hire, Haysome Purbeck Stone and Rose of Jericho.