Bedford Western Bypass

Bedford Western Bypass enables vehicles to avoid the town centre when travelling north west of Bedford.

Left to right: Chris Hounsell (Watermans), Andy MacDonald (Watermans) & Simon Andrews (Breheny Civil Engineering).
Left to right: Chris Hounsell (Watermans), Andy MacDonald (Watermans) & Simon Andrews (Breheny Civil Engineering).
  • Updated: 25 May, 2017

Project facts

Project team:

  • Client: Bedford Borough Council
  • Designer: Waterman Infrastructure & Environment
  • Contractor: J Breheny Contractors Ltd



Completed by:

29 April 2016


Bedford Western Bypass
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What will the project deliver?

The Bedford Western Bypass consists of:

  • A 2.4km single carriageway road
  • Three new roundabouts
  • A new road bridge over the Midland Mainline railway
  • A new County Wildlife Site

Local impact

The new bypass links the A6 Paula Radcliffe Way with the A4280 Bromham Road. It enables vehicles to avoid the busy town centre when travelling in the north west of the town.

Interesting facts

  • Re-use of excavated materials onsite meant that no bulk materials were taken offsite. This saved CO2 as well as reducing lorry trips and new materials used
  • Use of aluminium track mats through the County Wildlife Site prevented destructive temporary roads being built (and having to be demolished and disposed of after work was complete)
  • As part of the work a new badger sett and otter holt were built and badger fencing was installed alongside the road

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