Works to rebuild road near Kempston Hardwick start next week By Kirill AdobeStock_172838052

Repairs to B530 expected to be completed by early December

Bedford Borough Council and its contractor will be starting works to rebuild part of the B530 near Kempston Hardwick next week. The works will include replacement of sections of the road drainage system together with resurfacing of the road.

In summer 2018, cracks appeared in the road on the B530 between the Interchange Retail Park and Kempston Hardwick and the road began to sink.

A temporary speed limit was put in place as the road had become too dangerous for normal use. Short-term works were carried out to ensure the road could continue to be used. Cllr Charles Royden, portfolio holder for Highways, said:

“Similarly to the A6 past Wilstead which we rebuilt recently, this stretch of road has come to the end of its life and is in critical need of replacing.

“However, as this is a much shorter stretch of road, we are expecting these works take much less time and to be completed by early December.

“We are doing these works with a view to the future and ensuring that the structure of this road lasts for the long term, and carrying out resurfacing works.”

The most badly affected stretch of road near Kempston Hardwick will be completely dug out and rebuilt. Then the whole stretch of road between just south of the A421 bridge and Kempston Hardwick will be resurfaced.

In addition, the drainage system along the entire length of the road from the Interchange Retail Park and Kempston Hardwick will be cleaned, and much of it replaced to make the system more resilient for the future.

The works are expected to be completed by early December. Initially, the road will have temporary traffic lights to allow vehicles through, but when the full rebuild starts in early October the road will be fully closed. There will be a signed diversion in place via Kempston.