Work started on Thursday, 16 October 2014 at the Bromham Road/Deep Spinney roundabout end of the final section of the Bedford Western Bypass, then due for completion in 2016.
The Western Bypass links the A421 at Marsh Leys, Kempston, to the A6 near Clapham. This final phase, the northern section, links the Bromham Road/Deep Spinney roundabout junction with the Paula Radcliffe Way/Clapham Road roundabout junction and includes a bridge over the busy main rail line.
After our regular posts on progress with construction (in the News page) on Monday, 25 April 2016 the Great Ouse Way (the name by which the northern section of the Western Bypass is now known) was officially opened by the Mayor of Bedford, Dave Hodgson. The event was covered by ITV Anglia News and BBC Look East and attended by guests and representatives from the main contractor Breheny Civils and from Bedford Borough Council.
Following the ribbon cutting ceremony, in which the Mayor was assisted by pupils from St James Church of England (VA) Lower School, BIddenham, and Rushmoor School, Bedford, attendees were invited to board an old Routemaster bus to travel the length of the new section of bypass, followed by a convoy of classic cars. Volunteers from UK Charity, Sustrans, took to their bikes to ride the new cycle and pedestrian path.