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Road Closure

Submitted by on September 15, 2016 – 2:33 pm25 Comments

The road is re-opening at 3pm on Monday 12th December. Pedestrians now have access via Station Road.

 

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  • Mike Green says:

    Having a nice new entrance and an out of hours parking area may be nice for the Forest Centre but to the village this closure is little short of a disaster and a great inconvenience,
    I am told that the closure time is now 7.5 weeks.
    When a bridge can be constructed over a motorway in 2 days and a runway can be built in a few days in WW2,how can this job take so long?
    We have been fed with a stream of misinformation so how can you trust what is said?
    The contractors are not even working at weekends. It really is a farcical disgrace

    • Sam Tree Hugger says:

      Hi Mike

      We totally agree – it is inconvenient for everyone, not just for our customers and staff but for the village as a whole, and anyone who uses Station Road as a through-route. We hope, as i’m sure everyone does, that the work is completed on time so that we can all get back to normal – Central Bedfordshire Council are giving a finish date of 29th November now, which is good news. Obviously we had no say in the road closure – the out of hours parking and new entrance are a by-product of the new entrance they are creating to Marston Park using our existing entrance, which is the reason they have to replace the bridge over Elstow Brook.

      We’ve provided contact details above for Central Bedfordshire Council if you would like to speak to anyone about it in more detail.

  • Ashley says:

    Hello,

    Is there a published plan of what the new entrance will look like?

    Thanks,

    • Sam Tree Hugger says:

      Hi Ashley,

      We don’t have anything finalised just yet, but as soon as we know we will share it with you!

      • Ashley says:

        Hello and thanks for the reply.

        Normally you can find roadwork plans and layouts but in this case I can’t. This normally implies that there won’t be a big change but I’m curious as to where the out of hours parking will be. We’re buying one of the new houses opposite so am looking forward to regular visits to the Centre. Thanks again, Ashley.

        • Sam Tree Hugger says:

          Hi Ashley,

          When the road re-opens next week, there will now be a right-turn lane to come into the turning for Marston Park and the Forest Centre; I don’t have an accurate diagram of where the out of hours parking spaces will go yet, but they will go in shortly, just outside the new position of our main gate.Hopefully, in the next few weeks we will have a diagram that we can publish showing what it’ll all be like when it’s finished.

  • Bethany Hardy says:

    Hi,

    Any update on the road closure? Is it still due to re-open on the 29th?

    Thanks

  • Mark Rowland says:

    Who is paying for this madness and why is it taking so long. Who decided it needed a new entrance, I don’t recall being asked as a resident of Marston if I thought this a good idea. Was a business assessment undertaken to vaildate the proposal and whether this produced a return on the investment.

    • Sam Tree Hugger says:

      Hi Mark,

      Due to the increase in traffic along Station Road, the bridge over Elstow Brook needed to be replaced, and an entrance needed to be created to Marston Park on this side of the village so Barratt Homes are working with Central Bedfordshire Council to achieve this. As a result of the work being done, our existing entrance will be changed – we aren’t 100% sure when everything will be completed, but as far as we know the road closure itself will end on the 13th December.
      We will update this post with any further information.

      • Mark Rowland says:

        Hi Sam,
        Thanks for responding though my question wasn’t really answered though understand thesevworks are not down to your decision so the following questions are for anyone to answer.

        You state its a collobaritive effort between Barretts and the council – who is funding the work, the builder or council.

        Increase in traffic – what is the root cause of increased traffic, is it the increase of new homes being built in Marston wherever there seems to be available land, even as extreme as flats at the back of the Post Office. Whilst I’m not anti growth, I do ask what is being done with regards to community services to support this growth, i.e Doctors, Dentist, local shops etc as I personally have had to change GP surgies as it was impossible to get an appointment let alone see my GP.
        As the council must be receiving new revenue from these continual house developments I wonder how the plan to spend this.

  • Rebecca Roche says:

    As residents in Lidlington, who now have to put up with traffic including HGV’s speeding down the centre of the village, why were we not consulted on this?
    The roads out of Lidlington inc Sheeptick End, were not constructed to cope with large amounts of traffic, I live in Church Street and we have constant traffic from 06.00 am onwards now, it was reasonably quiet before
    My whole house shakes, when the HGV’s trundle through, I know several people who have been run off the road and had the their cars damaged by large vehicles who will not give way on the small roads. including my partner who had to pay £50.00 to get his car fixed when he was forced into a ditch.
    In addition people are jumping the temporary lights that have been put in, this is an accident waiting to happen!
    I am sure the Forest Centre will look lovely when the work is all finished, but it appears this has been work undertaken with little or not thought to others.

    • Sam Tree Hugger says:

      Hi Rebecca,

      I feel I must reiterate that this work isn’t being done for us – the land in front of our entrance is not ours, so this isn’t something we were in control of. As a result of the works to the bridge/entrance to Marston Park, our entrance has to be moved, which is the extent of our involvement. It has been incredibly inconvenient for local people, including many of our own staff – we are trying to keep people updated on here whenever we hear news, but please don’t confuse that with us being behind the road closure.
      All I can do is suggest that you contact Central Bedfordshire Council Complaints department on 0300 300 4995 or the North Thames Complaints department of Barratt Homes on 01923 297 300.

  • Rebecca Roche says:

    PS Forest Centre Staff – this is not a mere inconvenience – this is a major bloody headache for many people!

  • Derek Rathbone says:

    I find it incredible that there are people blaming the Forest Centre for the closure when it is being driven by the developer, who by the way will be the one taking the profit from the sale of houses on the said estate benefiting from the new access.
    I must agree with the complaints though about how long it is taking, it was interesting to see that in Japan this week workers actually completed a road repair (pumping many thousands of gallons of concrete) into a massive road hole in just 24 hours. Perhaps we need those workers over here.
    Derek

  • Helen says:

    Your map isn’t very clear as to where the closure is. And I don’t have local knowledge. I’m coming from MK along the A421 and plan to come though marston Mortaine. Will this work?

    • Sam Tree Hugger says:

      Hi Helen,

      I’ve just updated the map which might help a bit – the road closure is right outside our entrance so coming from the A421 on the usual route won’t be possible.
      The best way to come from Milton Keynes would be to follow Bedford Road through Brogborough, at J13, and then come down Sheeptick End through Lidlington, to Marston Moretaine. I’ll email you a map to show you where I mean.

      See you at the weekend!

  • colin raine says:

    …… let me get this right – something to look forward to in the New Year…. a nice pretty car park out the front and a massive Incinerator at the back – I don’t share your optimism for the future…and to be absolutely honest (as backed up by our friends in Lidlington) – I for one am not looking forward to the reopening of the road past Jubilee Cottages where for 6 weeks our houses have not shaken and the racers have not been practicing for Santa Pod. When it opens folks please treat the ratrun with the respect it deserves – it is 30 mph and as you now know very convenient for saving miles so think of our children and pets who have to negotiate the road.

  • John Millard says:

    Hi,

    Is the road opening on the 13th Dec still as im hearing it could be brought forward to this weekend?

    John

  • John Millard says:

    Hi,

    Do you have a time it will be open from on the 13th.

  • Bethany Hardy says:

    Hi Sam,

    Thank you so much for keeping everyone as up to date as possible during the road closure. It’s much appreciated!

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