Works on station car park to begin after delay over drainage issues

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The resurfacing work at Bedford station car park is due to start on Monday, January after being postponed for two months.

The delay followed the discovery of drainage issues during preparatory inspections by Network Rail’s contractors ahead of the project.

As planned before, the project will be spread over six 13-day phases, so that only one-sixth of the 595-space car park (about 110 spaces) is closed at a time to minimise disruption to motorists.

First Capital Connect Customer Service Director Keith Jipps said: “We apologise for the delay in this project. However Network Rail’s work on the drainage had to be carried out before they started with the resurfacing process.

“We have been pushing for improvements here with Network Rail to address the overall surface and I’m pleased work will finally get started. When it’s finished our customers will really notice the difference.

“We anticipate there will be space for all season ticket holders but we are publicising a wide range of alternatives for these motorists and daily ticket holders in case they find the car park full. Network Rail’s contractors will be working through the weekends to complete the job as quickly as possible.”

Leaflets, tweets and station announcements are advising passengers of alternative station car parks at Flitwick, Harlington, St Neots, Sandy and Biggleswade.

Monthly and annual season rail tickets from Bedford will be valid to and from these stations during the work.