Final piece of bypass jigsaw is now in place

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The long-awaited final section of the Bedford bypass has been given the go-ahead.

Complusory purchase orders issued by the mayor have led to the remaining section of the Bedford bypass being given the green light to proceed.

A series of obstacles has now been overcome due to the CPOs acquiring land needed for the road to complete the final section of the Western Bypass.

The council has now reached agreement with all the principal landowners and all objections to the orders have been withdrawn.

The road will link the A4280 at Biddenham and Bromham with the A6 at Clapham. It will end the long-running saga of the construction of a completed Bedford Western Bypass which has featured in local and national plans for more than 50 years.

Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson, said: “We are delighted to be making this crucial project a reality.

“Funding is in place and the detailed, extensive and ultimately successful negotiations with the various parties affected are now complete.

“It is superb news for our road network, for the local economy and for local quality of life that we can now get on and build this road.

“A completed bypass will reduce congestion in Bedford, cut journey times and help unlock new investment and jobs.”

The council is inviting tenders from contractors to build the road.

Construction of the road will start later this year and open in 2016.