Bridges make way for busway

THE first of six disused railway bridges in Luton and Dunstable will be demolished next week, as construction work on the busway moves up a gear.

By The Newsroom
Wednesday, 15th September 2010, 5:11 pm

Dunstable Road bridge in Luton, close to Bury Park, will be the first to come down between Friday, September 24, and Sunday, September 26.

Traffic diversion routes for the closure are via Hatters Way, Chaul End Lane and Dunstable Road, or via Leagrave Road, Woodlands Avenue, Montrose Avenue, New Bedford Road and Telford Way.

Over the next two months, another five bridges will be torn down to prepare for the Luton Dunstable Busway.

Church Street Bridge in Dunstable – crossing the A505 Dunstable to Luton road, near the junction with Station Road, will come down from October 1, to October 3, followed by Skimpot Road Bridge, Luton (off A5065 Hatters Way), from October 8, to October 10.

New Bedford Road Bridge will follow from October 22, to October 24, then Kingsway Bridge, Luton, from October 29, to October 31, and Guildford Street Bridge, Luton, from November 12, to November 14.

Each removal will take place over a weekend, between 10pm on Fridays until Sunday evenings, in order to minimise impact on the road network and general public. Diversion routes for traffic and pedestrians will be fully signed.

Councillor Roy Davis said: “These bridge removals will offer the first visible sign for many members of the public that work on this superb fast-transit busway is making real progress.”

Visit www.luton.gov.uk/busway, or call 05701 134070 for more details. For more busway news, see page eight.