Bridge Street will be closed overnight at the weekend as part of work to complete the Town Mills Riverside Park.

The road will be closed for up to two nights on January 29 and 30 between the hours of 20:00 and 03:00 to allow the road to be resurfaced.

It will be closed between Western Avenue and its junction with London Street, with a diversion in place while work takes place.

Leader of Test Valley Borough Council (TVBC), Councillor Phil North, said: “The resurfacing works are essential in moving the project forward and we hope that by undertaking these works at night, it will cause little disruption.

“The redevelopment of the area surrounding Town Mills has been progressing rapidly since the second phase of works began last October and we are now able to see the project starting to take shape.

“It’s a very exciting time for Andover and the first step in delivering the wider transformation of the town centre. I’m sure we will all be making the most of the new outdoor space this summer.”

The Town Mills Riverside Park is the first component of the Andover Masterplan, and will see the road alongside Wilko removed, and a park created in its place. Eventually, this green space could extend continuously up to Andover College when joined with other parts of the masterplan.

Total investment in the scheme is £1.6 million, of which TVBC is paying £133,000. Hampshire County Council, meanwhile, is delivering the project with the assistance of Skanska. It is also providing £434,000 from developer contributions and £228,000 from the Public Realm Improvement Fund towards the park.

Cllr Rob Humby, deputy leader of Hampshire County Council and executive member for economy, transport and environment, said: “I would ask for people’s patience during these essential works and we will do everything we can to minimise any disruption for residents and businesses during this time.

“This improvement scheme supports Test Valley Borough Council’s regeneration plans for Andover Town Centre, and helps meet their ambition to make all the town’s car parks more accessible, so the town centre becomes a more attractive area for pedestrians and cyclists.

“We are keen to actively support our market towns across Hampshire and we are investing capital funds to help them prosper.”

Work on the Town Mills Riverside Park is anticipated to be completed in the spring.