Work is continuing apace on Bromham Road bridge, and new footage released by Network Rail shows the overnight installation of the replacement structure.
Whilst the work will continue into 2020, the cranes used to replace the bridge have been removed over two weeks earlier than planned, meaning that Bedford station car park fully reopened on Friday 6 December.
Since Monday, 21 October, car parking at the station had been significantly reduced to allow two cranes to work from the car park.
The cranes were used to demolish and reconstruct Bromham Road bridge ahead of it being rebuilt at a raised height.
This work is part of the Midland Main Line Upgrade to provide a safe distance between the structure and new overhead line equipment, as the line between London and Kettering/Corby via Bedford is electrified.
The compound located on Ford End Road is now a zero-carbon site that runs solely on electricity from renewable sources. Like an electrified railway, this is better for the environment and quieter, as it removes the need for diesel generators.
Gavin Crook, Principal Programme Sponsor for Network Rail, said, “The early full reopening of Bedford station car park is fantastic news for passengers.
“Progress on this vital project has progressed incredibly well, which is testament to the hard work of our teams. This good progress means we have been able to reduce the impact of the work for station users.
“However, we do understand that this work has had an impact over the last month and we do apologise for this. We would like to thank all passengers for their patience during this time.”