OVERNIGHT inspections are to close the Kincardine Bridge for several nights later this month.

The operator of Scotland's South East Trunk Roads Network, Amey, have released details of closures on the Kincardine and Clackmannanshire bridges from Monday September 16 to Thursday September 26.

The inspections, which aid with the identification of future refurbishment works that Amey say will "ensure the longevity of the structures, and that they are safe for use by over 6,000 vehicles each day", will be carried out between 7.30pm-6.30am each night.

The Kincardine Bridge inspection will take place in two stages, the first of which will be between September 16-19.

A full road closure will be required, with a signed diversion route through Kincardine and Kilbagie to the Clackmannanshire Bridge, in operation.

The bridge will close again from September 21 to the morning of September 23, during which a full road closure will again be in place.

From September 19 to the morning of September 21, traffic management will be installed to provide lane closures that will allow the first stage of inspections to take place on the Clackmannanshire Bridge.

That will be followed by a second stage, under lane closures, from the evening of September 23 to the morning of September 26.

Amey have warned that the inspections are weather dependent, and could be cancelled or rescheduled if they are not favourable.