A MAJOR upgrade to CCTV in Stourbridge takes place this weekend.

The town centre and ring road will have old and outdated cameras replaced with state of the art equipment, as part of a £1.7 million borough-wide CCTV improvement project.

Two lanes of the ring road, from Birmingham Street to Hagley Road, will be closed to traffic on Sunday, January 12 to allow work to take place.

Councillor Laura Taylor, cabinet member responsible for community safety, said: "We are investing £1.7million into improving our camera coverage and the capabilities of the system. When complete it will provide a comprehensive safety network to make our town centres safer than ever before.

"The work in Stourbridge starts on the ring road this week and that may lead to some disruption for motorists travelling in that area. We apologise for any inconvenience but I’m sure the boost in security will be welcomed by everyone.”

Dudley was the first town centre to go live with the new system, with work also in progress and nearing completion in other town centres and key sites across the borough.