Roadworks and road closures

We carry out regular work to improve the roads and pavements in Bedford Borough. Our Highways Inspectors check all of the roads and footpaths we maintain on a regular basis.

Use this interactive map to find current roadworks and road closures across Bedford Borough.

You can check any disruption to bus services here

Transporting Bedford 2020 programme is our £18 million major works across Bedford Borough. Part of it will to tackle congestion hot spots, the largest ever investment in our roads.

Please report any issues about the A421 to Highways England

Permit scheme

If you intend to carry out works on the road, you must apply for a permit scheme. Contact for advice or immediate works you're undertaking. 

Permit schemes are a better way to manage works carried out on the road. They minimise disruption from unnecessary or badly controlled roadworks.

Other benefits:

  • improves journey times and reliability for all our road users
  • reduces the congestion caused by roadworks
  • improves the information available on works, including advanced warning and duration
  • increases the planning and control of works to improve safety and reduce damage to the road

East of England Permit Scheme (EEPS)

East of England Permit Scheme (EEPS) is a common Permit Scheme, developed by:

  • Bedford Borough Council
  • Hertfordshire County Council
  • Luton Borough Council
  • Southend-on-Sea Borough Council

It is applied to all the roads within its control.