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Works begin on Kempston Mill Bridge

January 10, 2022 11:00 AM
Originally published by Dave Hodgson - Mayor of Bedford Borough

Mayor Dave Hodgson and Linda Jack at Kempston Mill BridgeWorks to repair and reopen Kempston Mill Bridge will begin on Monday 10 January.

The right of way over this bridge was closed due to rotting planks causing structural concerns, making the bridge unsafe.

As the bridge was privately owned, the process to assess, procure and organise the works has been slower than was hoped. However, these works are starting next week and the bridge is expected to be open by early spring, subject to disruption caused by bad weather or COVID-19-related issues.

During these works the rotten timber decking and parapets will be replaced, once again making this bridge safe for public use.

Local Liberal Democrat Campaigner Linda Jack, said "This is such great news. Along with the new landing site this will enable people from across Kempston and Bedford to enjoy this beautiful part of our Borough."

Mayor Dave Hodgson said "I am really pleased the works are starting on Kempston Mill Bridge. Once the rotten and unsafe parts of the bridge are replaced, we will be able to reopen this right of way and make it available to the public once again."