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Highway Network Management

In its role as the Highway Authority, Bedford Borough Council is responsible for the management, maintenance and improvement of the non-trunk highway network in the Borough. The Borough Council develops annual programmes for capital structural maintenance programmes in accordance with the Council's 'Highways Maintenance Plan', the principles of which are:


· To deliver the statutory obligations of the Authority

· To be responsive to the needs of users and the community

· To contribute to effective highway asset management and maintain the asset value

· To support effective delivery of the statutory network management duty

· To support and add value to local transport objectives

· To support and add value to wider corporate policy objectives


Government Bids and Funding

Date added



Nov 17


Understanding how traffic moves in and around Bedford town centre is critical to being able to improve the situation for all road users. To help inform decision making and take advantage of funding opportunities, the Council commissioned an in depth study of traffic in the town centre in 2014.  This included a survey of traffic and car park use, and also the development of a traffic model which helps to test options for new or reassigned roads.


The strategy report arising from the study can be seen here . The report sets out traffic movements for a typical day, and also how long typical journeys take on certain routes at different times of the day. Some basic assumptions and agreed objectives are included, and a set of initial options has been set out.


The Bedford Town Centre Strategy study provided us with a baseline to make a bid to the Department for Transport for Local Growth Funding (Round 2). The allocation of £11M was approved by Government for the Bedford Town Centre Regeneration scheme at which the centre was an additional river crossing.  These funds were retained by DfT.  Subsequently the scope of the scheme (which primarily focused on a new river crossing at Batts Ford) bridge has been deemed unaffordable and alternative ways of delivering the same economic outcomes have been sought.  In 2016, Bedford BC was successful in bidding for Local Growth Funding (round 3) funds, securing  £4.5M of funds for the Southern Gateway project which is technology and junction improvements along the Ampthill Road.  The Borough has now reviewed the totality of the funding and has developed a business case for a combined project worth £18.4M with three main objectives to:

• Enhance the permeability of the core town centre, creating better connections between the retail quarter, the cultural quarter, and the Great River Ouse 

• Enhance the management of traffic movements into and across the town to improve journey time reliability 

• To significantly improve the Urban Traffic Management Control Technology provision across the core urban area by introducing smart technology that informs travel behaviour and reacts to transport conditions, and provides travellers with real-time information about traffic and travel conditions to allow them to make informed decisions about travel behaviour

The intention is to deliver a range of public realm, junction improvement and technology on key routes and junctions and within the town centre between spring 2018 and 2021. The remaining funds are from the Borough’s own contribution.

The total funding package is being administered through the South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership (SEMLEP) To be compliant with the SEMLEP  Local Assurance Framework, the revised project and funds need to be subject to the due diligence process,  as approved by DfT for projects of the size.


The business case for the combined ‘Transporting Bedford 2020’ project was submitted to SEMLEP for appraisal in October 2017 and is being considered by the SEMLEP Board in late November 2017.

The document comprises the business case for the project as being considered by the SEMLEP Board. See Appendix for document dated November 2017

November 2017

(pdf 18.9MB)

Apr 17



In April 2017 the Council was awarded £671,000 from the Department for Transports Productivity Investment fund. The National Productivity Investment fund is designed to reduce congestion at key locations, upgrade or improve the maintenance of local highways assets to support the local economy.  The Council will spend our allocation of the fund on a number of highways schemes such as :


Safety Improvements on the A6 at Souldrop.

Refurbishing the traffic signals at Bromham Rd/Hasset St

Bromham Rd/Union St Signal refurbishment

Castle Lane Resurfacing / Shared surfacing scheme

A Flood warning System to automatically provide information of road closures at river bridges in times of flooding.

A traffic management scheme in Lurke Street

Improvements to anti skid surfacing at pedestrian crossings around the Borough

Upgrades to a number of cycle and pedestrian crossings across the Borough.



Oct 14


Bedford Borough Council were awarded of £511,618 in 2014/15 to carry out additional carriageway repairs on its highways network. Our first quarterly statement showing how this grant money is being spent is shown in the Appendix



May 14


In the 2014 Budget statement, the Government announced the creation of a Pothole Fund (“the Fund”) worth £200 million, with £168 million being made available to highway authorities in England to help repair damage to the local road network. The funding is available in the 2014/15 financial year. Bedford Borough Council has submitted a bid for funding. Details of the bid document are shown in the Appendix.

The document has been published on our website  as part of the Government’s commitment to greater openness in the public sector under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.  Any queries about the bid can be made via the Bedford Borough Council Highways Helpdesk on 01234 718003 or at


Statement - Apr 2015

Mar 14


 In December 2012 the Dft announced in their Autumn Statement that additional Highways Maintenance Funding will be allocated to Local Authorities in 2013/14 and 2014/15.  Bedford Borough Council was awarded additional funding for 2013/14 of £503k.

In accordance with the requirements of the grant the additional funds were used to extend the Councils programme of resurfacing works and enabled us to carry out much needed resurfacing works on Goldington Road in Bedford



Carriageway and Footway Programme of Works

The outline programme of maintenance schemes for this year can be viewed by clicking each link below:

2017-2018 Carriageway Works (pdf 18kb)

2017-2018 Additional £1 Million for Carriageway Works (11kb)

2017-2018 Drainage Works (pdf 87kb)

2017-2018 Footway Works (pdf 11kb)

2017-2018 Structures (pdf 11kb)


The programme of works for Structural Maintenance Schemes has the key objective to deliver a programme that was based on the emerging principles of the Transport Asset Management Plan, which is intended to deliver improvements in National Indicator performance. The programme also tries to meet the needs of the local community by addressing issues highlighted by elected Members and Parish Councils.


The programme has been compiled based on inspections carried out through the year and suggestions made by local Councillors and Parish Councils. The Council has had to evaluate these requests against the condition of the road, the benefits to residents and local economy as well as carrying out works that ease the burden of small scale repair works facing the Council.


In addition to these carriageway and footway repairs the Council will also, maintaining highways bridges, carrying out works to improve highway drainage and prevent flooding and carrying out street lighting improvements. Details of street lighting works can be found by clicking the link below:

Street Lighting - LED Replacement Programme


Bedford Borough Council’s policy when carrying out reconstruction and resurfacing works to footways and footpaths outside of the defined town centre and conservation area, is to replace areas constructed with a paving slab finish with asphalt material.

A report on the background and process of developing the programme of works can be found here


For Information on other schemes, such as traffic management schemes, pedestrian crossings, street lighting, drainage and structures work please contact the Highways Team on 01234 718003 or

For up to date information on road works in Bedford and the surrounding areas please click the link



2015/2016 - Highways Maintenance Programme

2014-2015 - Highways Maintenance Programme

2013-2014 - Highways Maintenance Programme

2012-2013 - Highways Maintenance Programme

2011-2012 - Highways Maintenance Programme


Information correct as of 17/01/2018

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