Friday, 20 March 2015

New Remedial Works To Start On Houghton Regis High Street

Central Bedfordshire Council's Highways department have issued a notice saying that ​"remedial works" are due to start on Houghton Regis High Street.

"From Wednesday 25th March until Friday 24th April there will be remedial works undertaken on footway, tactile paving, kerbing and surfacing taking place on High Street/ Cemetery Road/ Bedford Road, Houghton Regis."

The notice continues, "Please be advised all works will be undertaken whilst maintaining two way traffic flow and will be off peak working hours only (0900-1530). The only impact will be on pedestrians in that footways will be closed and pedestrians diverted to next available crossing points."

"Once these works have been undertaken there will be up to four weekends of works to undertake remedial resurfacing of imprint resurfacing on tables and crossings on High Street & Bedford Road. These works will be undertaken with two way/ three way traffic lights between the hours of 0800-1800 on Saturdays and Sundays only. Works will not take place on the weekend of 25th – 26th April as there is a proposed road closure of High Street/ Houghton Road towards Townsend Industrial Estate for resurfacing (details to follow in the next couple of days). No works will take place on May Day Bank Holiday weekend or the weekend of 8th – 11th May due to a proposed road closure of Poynters Road/ Porz Avenue/ Wheatfield Road roundabout for major UK Power Networks electrical works (details to follow in next couple of days)."

"Therefore the likely start for the weekend works on High Street/ Bedford Road will be the weekend of 16th – 17th May. Works will most likely also be undertaken during the Whitsun Bank Holiday weekend though not the Bank Holiday Monday unless absolutely necessary."

"The impact on traffic during the initial works will be minimal, though we do anticipate an element of disruption during the weekend works."

The works were originally commissioned by the supermarket, Morrisons,  as part of conditions for them being allowed to set up business in the town. Town and CBC councillors have long complained about safety and snagging issues at regular meetings of the Town Partnership committee. 

HRND understands that Morrison’s were in dispute regarding the S278/38 works and CBC were giving them the time to resolve it. A bond was in place so that if CBC had to undertake the remedial works,  then they have some budget to pay for them. It was confirmed this afternoon that these are remedial works so the developer is funding them not CBC.