First stage of £1.5m Embankment and riverside improvements begin

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The River Great Ouse, Bedford: The Victorian suspension bridge
The pathways along the banks of the River Great Ouse are being resurfaced

This week sees the start of the first stage of the Bedford Borough Council’s £1.5million investment to enhance the Embankment and riverside with improvement works to the Embankment pavement.

Works are beginning to resurface the walking areas, after the buff-coloured surface has worn away over time. It is being replaced with ‘buff quartzite’ which council officers say will enhance the popular beauty spot.

The works are expected to last eight weeks, to be complete ahead of this summer’s River Festival, and will include the stretch of the Embankment from Newnham Road to Bushmead Avenue.

Mayor Dave Hodgson (Lib Dem) said: “I am delighted we are able to invest in the future of our beautiful Embankment, the ‘jewel in Bedford’s crown’.

“This work will see the walkways on the Embankment refreshed and renewed ahead of the return of the River Festival this July.

“Further investment on the Embankment will follow including the planting of more trees and plants, interpretation panels and a number of other improvements which will be announced soon to link the Embankment with the town centre.”

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