Barnstaple’s Longbridge is set to get new lights installed early next year.

North Devon Council secured funding to make improvements to the pedestrian links from the train station to the town, and is using some of the money to install new lights to illuminate the town’s historic listed bridge.

The Longbridge was built in the 13th century and has been widened on three occasions over the years.

The lighting project, which has the support of Historic England, Barnstaple Town Council and the Barnstaple Coastal Community Team, was granted listed building consent at the end of last month.

Work will be carried out in January by local contractors M&E Alarms, which will install lights on each of the columns.

Executive member for economic regeneration, Councillor Pat Barker, said: “Not only does the Longbridge provide a vital transport link to the town centre, it is one of the town’s oldest structures, popular with local photographers and visitors.

“This project will make the townscape more dramatic at night and shine a light on one of the town’s most significant historic features.”

Local ward members for Barnstaple Longbridge, Councillors Des Brailey and Dick Jones will be pleased to see the new lights installed.

Mr Jones said: “Des and I are looking forward to seeing the bridge all lit up, it’s one of the town’s most iconic landmarks and we should do more to show off the town’s best features for residents and visitors alike.

“The new lights will also complement the new museum extension and draw more focus to the Longbridge as the gateway to the town.”

The council said there may be some minor disruption when the work is carried out early next year, with more details released closer to the time.