Aerial photographs have been taken of the second phase of the Bedford’s western bypass, showing the progress that is being made on this important infrastructure project for the borough.
Construction began in October and, when open in 2016, the new road will provide a vital connection between the A421 in the south of Bedford through to the A6 heading north of the town.
The new road link provides a key piece of transport infrastructure which will assist tackling traffic congestion affecting major routes in the town.
The completed western bypass will reduce the volume of traffic travelling through the town centre by redirecting traffic around its peripheries and allowing drivers to access the A421, A6 and A428 more directly.
Visiting the western bypass site during operational hours reveals the sheer amount of activity underway. The immense scale of the project, which the aerial photographs capture magnificently, and the progress which has been made since its beginning in October are impressive, says Bedford Borough Council.
Mayor of Bedford, Dave Hodgson said: “We are delighted the project is progressing so well, which is excellent news for our road network, the local economy and for local quality of life. The completed bypass will reduce congestion in and around Bedford and cut journey times, while making this location even more attractive to investors.”
Commenting on the project on behalf of the contractor, Breheny, Bedford-based Civil Engineering graduate Miranda Osmelak, said “The skills and experience the western bypass project is providing me with will be invaluable to my career in future. The instruments and technology being used to deliver the project are highly developed and at the cutting edge of their field. It is a very exciting project to be involved in!”
Breheny Site Manager Andy Keech who is overseeing the project is keen to invite local people to apply for work at the site.
He said: “If there are people near the site with the right qualifications and we have work available, we are more than happy to offer employment opportunities”.
Reflecting on the impact the project is having on the local community, Andy added: “Work is progressing well at the site. We do expect there will be some road closures in late April and early May but we are working to keep these to a minimum and they will be clearly signposted. We have been working with local Ward Councillors to ensure residents are informed about our works and advised of any temporary road closures and diversions that are planned.”
For all enquiries including recruitment opportunities at the western bypass, please contact Breheny at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For updates on the progress of the western bypass, please visit www.bedford.gov.uk and follow the links to the Bedford Western Bypass page.