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Tuesday, 30 November 2021

Government announces £32.7 million for new link road in Central Bedfordshire


Central Bedfordshire is set to benefit from £32.7 million of Government funding to provide a new link road, enhancing accessibility and easing congestion in north Luton, Roads Minister Baroness Vere announced today (16 October 2021).

The project, supported by the Department for Transport (DfT) and led by Central Bedfordshire Council and South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership, will see the construction of a new 2.75-mile road link between Junction 11a of the M1 and the A6, forming a north-western bypass for Luton.

The DfT said the link road will open the area to economic growth and easing the transport of goods between the M1 and midlands. Adding it will also support the development of up to 3,600 new homes and around 2,800 new jobs.

The scheme aims to reduce congestion in north-Luton communities, improving journey times, air quality and road safety.

The project hopes to cut carbon emissions and encourage active travel by including a three-metre wide foot and cycle path on the south side of the link road.

Roads Minister Baroness Vere said:

“Residents in Bedfordshire deserve quicker and easier journeys and I know many have been frustrated by poor east-west connections north of Luton.

“That’s why I’m pleased to be backing the new link road which will support the construction of new homes and jobs, drastically improve accessibility, and make the area more attractive to new business.”

The total cost of the scheme comes to £60.248 million with a contribution of £32.750 million from the Department for Transport. The DfT said the remaining sum will come from local private developer contributions secured by the Council.

The road layout will have a mix of single and dual carriageways with a 50mph speed limit; there will be a junction at the new Rail Freight Interchange at Sundon as well as at proposed new housing developments.

Leader of Central Bedfordshire Council, councillor Richard Wenham, said:

“We are delighted to have secured funding from the Department for Transport for this key link road, which will deliver improved east west connectivity across Central Bedfordshire and the wider area and facilitate the delivery of up to 3,600 new homes and a Rail Freight Interchange which are important in meeting a wider housing need and strengthening our economic offer.”

Construction of the road is due to begin in January 2022 and completed by January 2024.

John Guinn
I am the editor of The Flitwick Chronicle. This is an independent, local news service based in Bedfordshire. The Chronicle provides local news that is investigative, inclusive and relevant to the residents of Flitwick.

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