Kempston residents annoyed over lack of signage for roadworks

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KEMPSTON residents are growing frustrated about the lack of information given about road works which has cut off one of their main transport links.

Initially expected to be closed from April to July, Ridge Road, which links Kempston with the Western Bedford Bypass and the M1, could now be closed for another two months with some in Kempston left in the dark as to why.

The contractors carrying out the work, which involves building a new roundabout outside an under construction housing estate hit a problem with a gas main, which has delayed their progress.

Neil Talboys, 59, of Ditmas Close, Kempston said: “We were not told in advance, bar a yellow sign being put up a week in advance to tell us that the road would be closed from April 15 to July 19.

“The main annoyance is not the work going on, but the lack of information given. At least Councillor Will Hunt has put leaflets through doors to notify us of what is happening.

“The onus shouldn’t be on us to look for information. Somebody should have been proactive and informed those affected further in advance.”

The closed road has affected bus routes, with one stop closed for the duration.

Mr Talboys added: “About eight weeks into the work, I could see very little progress in the building work and could tell then it was never going to be finished by the set date.”

The contractors still want two more months to finish the work, but Bedford Borough Council are planning to limit that to just one month.

On the disruption caused, Councillor Hunt said: “I cannot believe that every effort has been made to minimise the inconvenience for residents, Many people have already been deprived of a bus service for three months as the nearest stop is too far for them to walk.

“I have expressed my dissatisfaction with this to Bedford Borough Highways Department, who originally granted permission for the road to be closed.”

A Bedford Borough Council spokesman said: “David Wilson Homes are responsible for these works and we have been in contact with them to bring the works to as early a completion as possible. David Wilson Homes should be contacted for further information.”

Written by NICK SMITH    Beds on Sunday

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