TAVISTOCK STREET IMPROVEMENT WORKS
A lack of drainage causing flooding to homes
and businesses and damage to the road on part of Bedford’s
Tavistock Street will be tackled as part of major improvement work
taking place later this month.
The work which will begin on 22nd
February will see the 150m stretch of road between Peel Street and
the Harpur Street/Broadway junction completely reconstructed and an
entirely new drainage system put in place to service local homes
The Council have been working with local
residents and businesses to tackle recurring flooding in the area.
The poor drainage, combined with the deterioration of the structure
of the road, has caused damage to the surface and substructure of
the road which needs to be addressed before it becomes unsafe for
Due to the extensive nature of the work the
road will be closed throughout the work with diversions in place
along Union Street, Bromham Road and Harpur Street for traffic
using Tavistock Street to head through the town.
The conditions mean that the road will need to
be completely rebuilt and resurfaced in a scheme which will take up
to 14 weeks to complete, starting on 22nd February.
Key improvements in the scheme include:
- The introduction of a new drainage system to stop the flooding
of properties and businesses along the route and reduce
ongoing maintenance costs.
- Improving the road surface, removing the need for ongoing
maintenance and regular pothole repair
- New energy efficient LED traffic signals and LED street lights,
reducing the annual running costs
Properties along the road closure have been
contacted to make them aware.
Cllr Charles Royden, Portfolio Holder for the
Environment and Transport, said: “As a result of the total lack of
drainage in this area of Tavistock Street the structure of the road
has been severely weakened and flooding remains a major blight for
those living and working locally.
“This is a safety issue requiring urgent work
now to prevent damage to properties in the area and to avoid the
possibility of a more serious carriageway failure in the future.
This is one of our major town centre roads, which is heavily used
by motorists and pedestrians so we have to get these repairs done
and done properly.
“Nobody wants to have to cause this disruption
but these works are vital, requiring major reconstruction and the
installation of new drains.
“While much of Tavistock Street will remain
open throughout the works, the section from Peel Street to Harpur
St will be closed in order for the work to take place. This
will mean that it will not be possible to access the Broadway and
the High Street from Tavistock Street during the works. This
is due to the amount of work being carried out and the depth of
excavations needed to put in place the drainage and rebuild the
road and pavements.
“I urge drivers to avoid the area if at all
possible and follow the signed diversion routes which we are
putting in place to reduce disruption.
“We are sorry for the inconvenience this will
cause but I would like to reassure local residents this work is
absolutely vital and will prevent more serious work being needed in
the near future, making the road safer for motorists and improving
the situation for homes and businesses prone to flooding.”
To maximise productivity the contractor will
be programming works so that they are working both days and nights
at the site wherever possible, with noisy operations as far as is
practicable limited to day times or early evenings. No works
are currently planned to be carried out on Sundays, but limited
works may be carried out on Saturdays. However, the
traffic restrictions will remain in place 24 hours a day as the
reconstruction of the road will prevent vehicles from using the
road outside of these hours.
Full diversion routes will be signposted
around the town centre and on major routes around the borough.
Further closures will be required to complete the junction with
Harpur Street but this work will take place overnight towards the
end of the scheme.