Bromham Road bridge closure Image: Network Rail

Closure is part of Midland Main Line upgrade

Network Rail’s Bromham Road Bridge closure starts on Monday 24th June and will run until Spring 2020.

This is to allow them to safely demolish and raise the bridge as part of their Midland Main Line upgrade. A diversion via the A6 and Clapham Road will be clearly signposted.

Pedestrian access will be maintained throughout the closure, with a temporary footbridge in place when required.

A Bedford Borough Council spokesperson said:

“Bromham Road Bridge is a busy route in and out of Bedford. We would encourage road users to find alternative routes where possible and allow more time for your journey.

“We have worked with Network Rail to minimise disruption, including delaying our Transporting Bedford 2020 works on Clapham Road so that there aren’t road closures on this main thoroughfare at the same time.

“The works on Manton Lane are not directly on the diversion route, but we appreciate could have an impact so we have worked to keep the road moving, with no temporary traffic lights in use on the road until after 9.30am and removed by 3pm during the school term so they do not impact during peak time.

“Thanks to technology already installed through the Transporting Bedford 2020 project, we are able to monitor journey times on key routes. We will keep a close eye on this, especially in the early days of Network Rail’s closure and if necessary look at options to help further alleviate traffic pressure.”

You can find out more about the planned work on Bromham Road Bridge by visiting the Network Rail website at, or calling the Network Rail National Helpline on 03457 11 41 41.

Changes to bus services

As a result of Network Rail’s work Stagecoach and Grant Palmer have made the following changes to bus services.

  • Stagecoach service 41 will not be serving Bedford Railway Station and Chaucer Road stops. It will rejoin Bromham Road to serve the Cutcliffe Grove stop.
  • Stagecoach X5 will not be serving the Chaucer Road bus stops. It will rejoin the route on Bromham Road at the Deep Spinney/Biddenham roundabout.
  • Grant Palmer service 11 will not be serving Chaucer Rd, Cutcliffe Grove, Biddenham Turn, Day’s Lane, and Deep Spinney stops. It will rejoin Bromham Rd at the Biddenham roundabout.