27 July 2015: The focus of work on roundabouts has now switched particularly to the Clapham Road/Sainsbury’s roundabout and also to a roundabout that will give access in due course to development on the land north of Bromham Road. Work continues on the road itself.
The site offices have been removed from the land off Gold Lane, as work on the Bromham Road/Deep Spinney roundabout is virtually complete, apart from final signage, planting and any other remaining tweaks.
We have heard nothing further yet about whither on the section of fence on the Bedford side of the roundabout that has been the source of much debate since its construction. One does fear we may grow old together!
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.
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.