Ford End Road Bridge – Bedford

We are carrying out work on Ford End Road bridge from 16 October until 30 November 2017

Reasons for bridge upgrade

The electrification of the Midland Main Line requires some of the structures which lie along the route to be reconstructed to ensure that they allow sufficient safety clearance for 25,000 volt Overhead Line Equipment to pass safely beneath.

Ford End Road Bridge

Ford End Road Bridge to the south of Bedford Central station is a 19 span brick arch carrying Ford End Road over the Midland Main Line. Without sufficient clearance for overhead line equipment to safely pass beneath, the third span of the bridge from the west needs to be reconstructed.

Planned work

The reconstruction work will take place in two distinct phases. During phase 1 (preparation work from 16 October - 30 November 2017) Ford End Road will be reduced to one lane using traffic management and a supporting one way system from Queens Park towards Bedford and out of town via Ashburnham Road and Bromham Road Bridge will be established.

Please allow more time for your journey if you are using this route and thank you in advance for your patience.

During phase 2 (demolition and reconstruction from February 2018) the bridge and road will be closed to vehicle traffic and an accompanying diversion will operate (details of which are to be confirmed).

Please note that pedestrian access will be maintained via the separate Ford End Road footbridge throughout both phases of work.

Public event

Ahead of planned work to Ford End Road Bridge, we will be at The Harpur Centre in Bedford, Horne Lane, Bedford, MK40 1TJ between 9am and 5pm on Saturday 14 October to share details about the work and answer questions.