Ford End Road Bridge – Bedford

Residents and motorists benefit from improvement  works to Ford End Road Bridge as part of the Midland Main Line Upgrade continues in Bedford

Network Rail successfully completed its reconstruction work on Ford End Road bridge enabling it to re-opened 5 days ahead of schedule on Thursday 25 July 2018.

The bridge and the road over it had been closed to traffic since February this year to allow the span over the Midland Main Line to be raised as part of the Midland Main Line Upgrade.

The continuation of an electrified line from Bedford northwards requires the height of some structures, like Ford End Road Bridge, to be raised to allow sufficient clearance for the Overhead Line Equipment to pass safely beneath.

Luke McInerney, Programme manager at Network Rail said:

“We would like to thank road users for their patience during the upgrade works. Whilst we have a small amount of work to carry out before the bridge is completely finished, our intention has been to re-open the road to the public at the earliest opportunity.”

The Midland Main Line upgrade will allow more electric trains to serve local communities and is a major project in the Government’s rail strategy to promote cleaner, more reliable train travel that will help reduce the cost of running and maintaining the railway.