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Mayor Announces Largest Ever Investment In Town Centre Roads

Mayor Dave Hodgson has announced ‘Transporting Bedford 2020’ an £18 million investment to tackle traffic congestion across our town centre.

Major works will take place at key points in the Bedford road network to reduce congestion including the creation of a ‘Smart Corridor’ on Ampthill Road; the signalisation of Shakespeare Road/Ashburnham Road junction; and increased capacity round the Hospital with modifications to the Ampthill Road/Britannia Road/Kempston Road junctions.

A number of other traffic signalled junctions will be modernised and the towns urban traffic management and control system - which controls all the traffic lights across the town - will receive a major overhaul.

We will also carry out major refurbishment works in the heart of our town centre with traffic reduced to one lane on the High Street, creating more space for shoppers. Alongside improvements on St Pauls Square, this will give a significant boost to our thriving town centre.

Mayor Dave Hodgson said “Never before has so much money been invested in our town centre roads and work will see targeted works to tackle congestion at key traffic hotspots. This will cut congestion, improve safety for all road users and significantly boost the local economy. I want everyone to get involved in this major project to deliver real improvements to our roads so please visit our website to find out more and give us your thoughts.”

All road users will benefit, including pedestrians and cyclists. Additional pedestrian and cycling bridges at Cow Bridge junction will make it easier and safer for pedestrians and cyclists to use this route, while increasing capacity for cars and other vehicles and so reducing congestion.

The announcement follows confirmation that the Council’s bid for Government funding was successful, after winning the support of the South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership.

Plans will be finalised in the coming months with works beginning next year and expected to continue to 2021. To find out more about the plans and give us your views, please visit www.bedford.gov.uk/transportingbedford2020

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