The long-awaited plan to build a new bridge to ease traffic congestion in town has been given a £500,000 boost.
The money will be allocated to get the project off the ground as part of Bedford Borough Council’s town centre decongestion plan.
The bridge will link River Street with Kingsway and, according to Mayor of Bedford Mayor, would make a ‘fundamental’ difference to the creaking road system.
The mayor said: “We want nothing less than the best for Bedford town centre, and frankly I’m not prepared to accept the congestion and delays which people are forced to endure in getting into and around town.
“The extra town centre bridge has often been talked of over the years, as everyone knows that it would deliver the radical improvement needed to get traffic moving.
“Rather than just talk about it, we are going to make it happen, just as we are doing with the bus station and town centre regeneration.”
Work is under way on the initial planning and scoping of the project, with the bridge central to a wider town centre decongestion plan.
The Mayor is also working to complete the final section of the western by-pass.