Manton Lane footbridge installation taking place this weekend. Image by Sharpshot - Adobestock_3168239

Road closure to allow the works to take place

The installation of a new footbridge at Manton Lane, Bedford, which was delayed due to an outbreak of COVID-19 at a sub-contractor’s facility, is taking place this weekend.

As part of the works at Manton Lane, the road has been widened and traffic signals installed. This project plans to make the road safer, and help ease traffic at this traffic hotspot.

The footbridge installation will take place between 18:00 on Friday 22 January and 06:00 on Monday 25 January 2021. The road will be closed throughout these works.

A signed diversion will be in place via Brickhill Drive, Kimbolton Road, Tavistock Street and Clapham Road. Once installed the bridge will undergo a final safety inspection before being opened to the public.

Cllr Charles Royden, portfolio holder for Highways, said:

“We are reminding people that this road will be closed for this bridge installation to take place this weekend. Once installed and opened, this footbridge will make it easier for pedestrians to cross this busy road, improve road safety and ease congestion in this area.

“Thank you for your patience and cooperation as we carry out this installation.”

Free hourly return shuttle bus service

This closure will disrupt local bus services, the number 6 bus will be unable to serve three stops. The Council will be providing a free hourly return shuttle bus service between the Manton Lane junction with Turner Way and the Bus Station (Bay L). This will run from 9.00 to 18.30 on the Saturday and 10.00 to 17.30 on the Sunday.

This project is part of Transporting Bedford, an £18million project to tackle congestion hotspots in Bedford. The project is funded by both Bedford Borough Council and £15.5M funding from the South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership (SEMLEP), through the Local Growth Fund. The council said that this is the largest ever investment in Bedford’s roads.