As part of the Midland Main Line Upgrade we are planning to reconstruct Bromham Road Bridge in Bedford

Bromham Road Bridge is a two span brick arch bridge that lies to the north of Bedford Central station and carries the 2-lane single carriageway Bromham Road over the Midland Main Line.

The bridge was demolished and reconstructed in November 2019 for overhead line equipment (electrified wires carrying 25,000 volts) to pass beneath.

To allow work to the new structure to take place safely, Bromham Road is fully closed to vehicles until Spring 2020 (a diversionary route is in place via the A6 and Clapham Road) and work to the bridge is on-going till Autumn 2020.

 A temporary bridge is in place to maintain access for pedestrians and dismounted cyclists.

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From 27 January, for approximately six weeks we will be working on the bridge at night, Monday to Friday, between 22:00 and 07:00. This is in addition to the current on-going daytime work on weekdays and weekends.

We will also be working at night on the following dates and times:

  • 23:00 Saturday 1 February to 23:00 Sunday 2 February
  • 00:00 Saturday 15 February to 04:00 Monday 16 February
  • 00:00 Saturday 22 February to 04:00 Monday 24 February

To undertake the work our contractors will be using heavy equipment including excavators and plant equipment. We wish to highlight this work because the process and equipment we use means some disturbance is unavoidable.

Our next public information meeting is on Wednesday 29 January 2020 in Bedford Station from 16:00 – 19:00. Our project team will be in there to answer queries about the on-going work to the bridge.

In December 2019, pupils aged ten and eleven visited the newly reconstructed Bromham Road bridge. The pupils were given a site tour and were taught about why the bridge needed to be reconstructed, the benefits of the project and how to stay safe in and around a railway environment. The children have designed art work, which will be installed on the temporary footbridge. This will be based on safety information which they learnt from the site visit.


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Please allow more time for your journey and thank you for your patience whilst the work takes place.

For more information please telephone our 24-Hour National Helpline on 03457 11 41 41 or visit our contact us page.