THE bridge at Stoke Lacy has re-opened three weeks earlier than planned after vital strengthening work.

Additional works were not required upon close inspection, which paved the way for the job to be finished earlier.

The bridge is on the A465 between Hereford and Bromyard, and its closure while work took place has meant weeks of diversions for commuters.

Picture: Herefordshire Council/Balfour Beatty Living Places