Monday 10 Jul 2017
Ford End Road lane closure planned as Network Rail prepares for bridge upgrade
Network Rail will carry out preparation work on Ford End Road bridge in Bedford ahead of it being upgraded as part of the Midland Main Line improvement programme.
The preparation work will begin on Tuesday, 11 July and will be completed on Thursday, 13 July. It will see small areas of the bridge excavated in order take samples of the material used in its construction. This is vital work as the results will inform the design and construction process of the upgrade which will follow.
Due to the nature of the work, a single lane road closure will be in place throughout the project. Traffic lights will be in place from 07:30 on 11 July until 19:00 on 13 July and road users are advised to allow extra time for their journey. Pedestrian access via the adjacent footbridge will be maintained throughout the work.
Luke McInerney, project manager at Network Rail, said: “We appreciate that there is never a good time to have a lane closure on a busy bridge like this. We have worked closely with the Highways team at the council to secure the access we need to carry out this important work whilst limiting the disruption to traffic and maintaining a safe distance for passing vehicles. I would like to thank road users in advance for their patience whilst the work takes place.”
About Network Rail
Network Rail owns, manages and develops Britain's railway - the 20,000 miles of track, 40,000 bridges and viaducts and the thousands of signals, level crossings and stations (the largest of which we also run). In partnership with train operators we help people take more than 1.65bn journeys by rail every year and move hundreds of millions of tonnes of freight, saving almost 8m lorry journeys. We employ 38,000 people across Britain and work round-the-clock, each and every day, to provide a safe, reliable railway.
About the Railway Upgrade Plan
The Railway Upgrade Plan is Network Rail's investment plan for Britain's railways. It makes up two-thirds of Network Rail's £40bn spending priorities for the five years to 2019 and represents the biggest sustained programme of rail modernisation since the Victoria era. It is designed to provide more capacity, relieve crowding and respond to the tremendous growth Britain's railways continue to experience; passenger numbers have doubled in the past 20 years and are set to double again over the next 25 years - so we need to continue to invest in building a bigger, better railway. For passengers, that means:
- longer, faster more frequent trains;
- better, more reliable infrastructure; and
- better facilities for passengers, especially at stations.