24 February 2015: The entrance to Deep Spinney from Bromham Road is now also following the new road layout from the new roundabout.
Our two councillors have circulated a leaflet to residents setting out how works will progress over the next few weeks. Ultimately there will have to be road closures but these have been restricted to the weekends of:
- 25/26 April (7.00 am Saturday to 8.00 pm Sunday for final surfacing of the Bromham Road/Deep Spinney roundabout and planing out the existing road surface on Bromham Road between Deep Spinney and the A428 Great Denham roundabout); and
- 1/3 May and 8/10 May (8.00 pm Friday to 8.00 pm Sunday for resurfacing of and between the A428 Great Denham roundabout and Deep Spinney).
If changes have to be made to this programme there will be updates on two Borough Council web pages:
22 February 2015: Whilst the entrance to Deep Spinney from Bromham Road is still the old section of road, the exit from Deep Spinney now follows the new section of road to the new roundabout.
20 February 2015: This aerial view of the bypass was taken prior to the 15 February update, traffic is still circulating round the old Bromham Road/Deep Spinney roundabout which has now gone completely. But it does show how the bypass is progressing to the next roundabout along it, and beyond towards the Sainsbury’s roundabout.
15 February 2015: The old Bromham Road/DeepSpinney roundabout has gone, and the new larger roundabout has fully taken shape with traffic now moving around it. The position of what will be the new entrance onto the roundabout from Deep Spinney is clearly visible. Details are awaited of the temporary traffic management arrangements to be operated when the new entrance from and exit to Deep Spinney are put in place.
Work is also well underway with the construction of the next roundabout along the new and last section of the bypass that will include an exit into the development on the western (Biddenham) area of the land north of Bromham Road.
The first set of pictures below shows the work progressing on the new Bromham Road/Deep Spinney roundabout and the second shows the underpass to the north of that roundabout and the new roundabout under construction beyond the underpass.
8 February 2015: More big changes. Traffic lights are being put in place in Bromham Road as and when required by the particular work taking place, to control the flow of traffic heading to the Bromham Road/Deep Spinney roundabout from the east and the west.
Old traffic islands have been dismantled and new ones are being constructed on the new sections of road approaching the new roundabout. The old roundabout too is being dismantled as tarmac is being laid to enable Bromham Road traffic to be diverted in the near future around the north of the new roundabout. This will then enable the southern side of the new roundabout and the exit/entrance to Deep Spinney to be constructed.
Our local councillors are seeking a public meeting for Biddenham residents to hear what is proposed for managing traffic in and out of the Deep Spinney junction as that construction takes place and its implications for traffic through the village. (See the response below to a comment from Mark for more up to date information)
The recent clearance of trees and hedges along the north of Bromham Road, between Biddenham Turn and Beverley Grove, has prompted questions about what is happening on the land north of Bromham Road.
This work is to facilitate in due course the creation of a new road junction into the eventual development from Bromham Road (going north into the development). The new junction will be to the east of the Biddenham Turn junction (which goes south into Biddenham). There will be associated changes to the footpath layout, and new planting along the revised boundary.
Changes have also been proposed to the design guidelines for the development of the land north of Bromham Road, following discussions with council departments concerned and to bring the guidelines up to date with current policy both at national and local level. There have been changes in location for the community centre and for the public playing pitches, which are now proposed to be located at the west (Biddenham) end of the site, and for the primary school for which a planning application has now been submitted (as reported in the 25 January 2015 edition of Bedfordshire on Sunday, page 28). There may be further revisions to the position and impact/style of the community centre buildings given their rural setting near to what would be more traditional style housing and a listed building.
There is a consultation period for the revision of the design guidelines which started on 6 January and runs to 8 February 2015. The relevant documents are available on the Bedford Borough Council website.
20 January 2015: Things are changing! The new bigger Bromham Road/Deep Spinney roundabout is advancing rapidly. The road to the north of the current roundabout is down to one lane, the other (the outer) being excavated; and the footpath north of Bromham Road has been diverted to the north of the new roundabout with a new crossing point from Deep Spinney, both with temporary surfaces.
The cycle underpass is now clearly visible as construction continues.
9 January 2015: Into the New Year and work continues apace. The Bromham Road/Deep Spinney roundabout is really taking shape now and landscaping proposals for the new roundabout will be discussed by the Parish Council at a forthcoming meeting.
Work is pressing on too with the cycle underpass and the approach road to the roundabout from Bromham.
12 December 2014: A mild December so far, and the race is on before the Xmas break (?).
The ‘cycleway underpass’ off the main entrance towards the ‘Baulk’ is progressing, and to the right hand side of the Baulk work is concentrating on the excavation/transfer of sand & gravel before the road foundation work can commence. The Clapham Road end site is also now established.
The Clapham Road end site is also now established.
24 November 2014: The November weather now changeable, the heavy weekend rain revealing the clay soil prevalent around Bedfordshire. Work now concentrating on creating the ‘cycleway underpass’ off the main entrance towards the ‘Baulk’.
Work starting to gather pace north of Bromham Road, toward the Clapham.