Ford End Road Bridge – Bedford

As part of the Midland Main Line Upgrade we are carrying out major work on Ford End Road bridge from 19 February until August 2018.

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

Following the successful completion of phase 1 preparation work last year, phase 2 (demolition and reconstruction) will take place from 19 February until August 2018. The work requires the road over the bridge to be closed to vehicles from the 19 February until August 2018.

Please note: Ford End Road pedestrian footbridge will remain open.

A vehicle diversion will operate via Hurst Grove and Bromham Road (A4280).

Ford end road vehicle diversion map

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

Public event

A further public information event regarding this work is being held at Bedford Central Library, Harpur St, Bedford MK40 1PG between 10:00 and 16:00 on Saturday 3 February.