Stafford Bridge Closure Extended

The closure has been extended for nine days

Published on: 05/10/17

On behalf of Bedford Borough Council:

Stafford Causeway Opening - Delayed by nine days

Planned works to Stafford Causeway in North West Bedfordshire were set to be completed and the road reopened on 13 October. However deteriorating stonework has been identified on Stafford River Bridge and this will require additional repairs to ensure public safety prior to the bridge opening. Recognising the importance of the route, contractors have been carrying out the work seven days a week for the majority of the project, and they will be working to allow the road to be opened to single lane traffic as soon as possible to minimise disruption. A single lane over Stafford River Bridge will be open to traffic by 22 October, while the road will fully re-open by 5 November.

Stafford River Bridge links Pavenham with Oakley crossing the River Great Ouse at a significant height. It is essential that it provides a safe route for motorists before it can be reopened. The removal of the supporting stonework has revealed that it was constructed differently to both what was expected and shown on records. This could only be revealed as works progressed, and now means that additional work will need to take place before the road is safe to be reopened.

Cllr Charles Royden, Portfolio Holder for Transport said: “We have worked across the entire stretch of Stafford Causeway to pick up all major repair works in this one closure and this area has seen significant investment to preserve the safety of the public. We recognise the disruption caused by this closure and apologise that is has had to be extended and for any further inconvenience that this will cause for local residents. We will continue to work with the contractor to re-open the road as soon possible." 

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