Thursday 23 Nov 2017
Road closure as Network Rail continues to upgrade the railway in Bedford
Ford End Road bridge in Bedford will be closed overnight to allow Network Rail to resurface a section of road after carrying out investigation work into the structure.
Investigative work has taken place ahead of an upgrade to the bridge which will begin from February, 2018 as part of the Midland Main Line improvement programme, which will see the line through Bedford electrified up to Kettering and Corby
The bridge will be closed in both directions from 20:00 on Tuesday 28, November until 06:00 on Wednesday, 29 November. Pedestrian access across the bridge will be maintained throughout the work and a clearly signposted diversion will be in place for motorists.
Anyone wishing to find out more about the work can call the Network Rail National Helpline on 03457 11 41 41
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.