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Highway network management

Road and pavement programme of works

The programme is based on inspections carried out through the year and suggestions made by local Councillors and Parish Councils.

2021 - 2022 works programme

The list of carriageway resurfacing sites is compiled using a scoring matrix based on a number of measureable criteria, to ensure that the roads in the worst condition are prioritised across the Authority. Each road in the Bedford Borough road network is assessed and scored on an annual basis.

2020 - 2021 works programme

2019 - 2020 works programme

We then evaluate these requests against:

  • condition of the road
  • benefits to residents and local economy
  • carrying out works that ease the burden of small scale repair works facing the Council

In addition to these repairs, we also:

  • maintain highways bridges
  • carry out works to improve highway drainage and prevent flooding
  • carry out street lighting improvements

The outline programme of maintenance schemes for this year can be viewed below:

View the archived maintenance programmes.

Local transport capital funding 2018/19

In November 2018 the DfT announced that further local transport capital funding was to be made available to local authorities to spend on highway maintenance. Bedford Borough council received a further £1,324,000 of funding, on top of that received earlier in the year, providing a total funding stream of £1,704,000. 

This additional funding has been spent by the council to complete essential pothole repairs across the network and to carry out full scale resurfacing at several locations within the Borough, including:

  • Orchard Street in Kempston
  • the A6 at Milton Ernest
  • the B645 at Lower Dean
  • Woburn Road in Kempston
  • the A603 at Cople

Local maintenance Challenge Fund 2019

This bid seeks to obtain £5 million funding to undertake structural maintenance to five of the most heavily trafficked failing concrete roads in the borough. These roads are:

  • A5140 Longholme Way, Bedford
  • A603 Cardington Road, Bedford
  • C523 Elstow Road, Bedford
  • C32 Thurleigh Road, Milton Ernest
  • C26 Milton Road, Thurleigh (reserve scheme)

Challenge Fund application (PDF)

Challenge Fund supporting documents (PDF)