Missing link of the Western bypass
The completion of the ‘missing link’ of the Bedford Western
Bypass has moved a significant step forward.
Bedford Borough Council has secured grant funding totalling
nearly £16million to deliver the final section and is now set to
publish Compulsory Purchase Orders to secure the land required for
The Council has confirmed it is now in a position to fund the
construction of the final section itself and is no longer relying
on financial contributions from the adjacent housing
Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson, said: “A completed
Bedford Western Bypass will deliver new investment and jobs, ease
congestion and get Bedford moving.
“We are continuing to work closely with landowners to overcome
any remaining obstacles as well as reaching agreement on the
development of land surrounding the bypass, which was intended to
help fund the construction of the road itself.
“However, to ensure this vital project is not at the mercy of
private landowners and developers we have also pursued grant
funding opportunities and it is excellent news we have now secured
the funding necessary to pay for the road outright.
“The case for a completed western bypass has been clear for more
than 30 years and securing the money required means we have taken a
major step forward to turn this pipe dream into a reality.”
The Council has secured £4million in Growth Area Funding,
£4.975million from the Homes and Communities Agency, £4.5million
from the Department for Transport and the principle of a £2.5
million allocation from the South East Midlands Local Enterprise
The legal procedures to acquire the land and powers needed will
now start in earnest. It is hoped that construction can begin
in 2014 and is expected that it will take 18 months to