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.
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.
Since beginning work to remove and relocate utilities running through the bridge on 4 March work has progressed well. We will therefore be fully re-opening the road over the bridge to vehicles during the daytime from Friday 19 April - Friday 21 June.
Progress towards demolition of the bridge will continue overnight from Tuesday, 23 April supported by two-way traffic lights over the railway.
Phasing the work in this way means that the impact is on road users is minimised during the crucial summer exam period. Work will continue on the structure into 2020.
Pedestrian access over the railway will be maintained throughout our work.
During the partial 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.
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 website at: www.networkrail.co.uk/contactus