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.

Aerial photograph of Bromham Road Bridge in Bedford
Aerial photograph of Bromham Road Bridge in Bedford

This bridge has been identified as having insufficient clearance for overhead line equipment (electrified wires carrying 25,000 volts) to safely pass beneath it, and therefore the bridge needs to be partially demolished and then reconstructed.  To enable demolition of the existing bridge and accommodate the reconstruction of a modern replacement, we need to secure additional land and air rights near to the structure.

Before work to demolish and reconstruct the bridge can take place, the underground services running through it need to be removed and relocated.

We are continuing to divert utilities and services away from the bridge in preparation for the structure to be demolished and reconstructed at a raised height. To allow this work to take place safely, Bromham Road will be fully closed to vehicles from Monday 24 June until Spring 2020. During this time, a diversionary route via the A6 and Clapham Road will be in place. This will be clearly sign-posted. A temporary bridge will maintain access for pedestrians and dismounted cyclists.

Pedestrian access over the railway will be maintained throughout our work.

During the full closure pedestrian access will be maintained over Bromham Road Bridge. During demolition and reconstruction access will be maintained using a temporary footbridge that will be constructed adjacent to Bromham Road bridge. Cyclists would need to dismount before accessing the temporary footbridge.

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From 6 October, for up to 11 weeks, we will be placing a crane in Bedford Station Car Park to support the reconstruction at Bromham Road Bridge.

This means there will be a significant reduction in parking from 21 October. Please see download below for alternative car parks within one mile of the station.

Note existing car park season ticket holders looking to use alternative car parks should visit:

Please check individual car park terms and conditions before parking your vehicle.

Recent downloads

Temporary changes to car parking at Bedford station
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Full closure diversion route
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Leaflet – February 2019
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FAQs – June 2019
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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.