Final phase of Bedford Western Bypass to open
on 25 April
Bypass to be opened by Mayor Dave Hodgson on Monday 25 April
Major £18.6 million scheme delivered on time and in budget
Scheme will help ease congestion and boost the local economy
Bedford Borough Council is pleased to announce
that the northern section of the Bedford Western Bypass will be
opened on 25 April.
The final works are currently taking place on
the road, which will be named The Great Ouse Way, in time for its
official opening by Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson.
Following the opening ceremony, motorists and residents alike will
benefit from a new road that will ease congestion, reduce delays
and connect the A4280 at Biddenham with the A6 at Clapham,
improving the traffic infrastructure of the Borough overall.
The project has been delivered in partnership
with contractors Breheny Civil Engineering on time and within the
£18.6 million budget, the majority of which the Council was
successful in winning from external sources.
Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson, said:
“This project has featured in plans for over half a century, so
we’re delighted to have cleared the logjams and got the road built
and ready to welcome traffic before the end of the month. The new
route means traffic travelling beyond Bedford from the north or
south will no longer need to use the busy roads and junctions in
the town, helping to ease congestion. It’s great news for the local
economy as it will encourage more investment and jobs, and
crucially it will simply help all road users to get into and around
A complete Bedford Western Bypass has featured
in local and national plans for over 50 years. The first phase of
the bypass, the Branston Way, links the A421 to the south west of
Bedford and Kempston with the A4280 at Bromham. The Council broke
the logjam blocking the final section via a successful Compulsory
Purchase Order and a series of negotiations with various parties,
enabling construction to begin in autumn 2014.
The project will allow 1,200 new homes,
including affordable dwellings, to be constructed and will also
enable the creation of a new employment park providing 650 new
In addition to Bedford Borough Council’s own
financial commitment, it also secured contributions to the scheme
from The Department for Transport, The Home and Communities Agency
and the South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership.
Contractors Breheny Civil Engineering won the
tender to construct the road, which has involved building a bridge
over the busy Midland Main Line and creating a new pedestrian
Wildlife conservation has been a key
consideration during the works. New planting and pond areas have
been introduced to support the existing ecosystem and allow it to
continue to thrive.
New wildflower meadows have been created over
an area of 40,000m2, equivalent to the size of four football
Other measures to protect local wildlife
include fencing to prevent badgers straying onto the carriageway
and the construction of a new artificial badger sett.
To find out more about the Bedford Western
Bypass project, visit www.bedford.gov.uk/westernbypass