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Roadworks and road closures

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

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We have a number of major projects taking place across the Borough as part of the Transporting Bedford 2020 programme, an £18 million project to tackle congestion hotspots, the largest ever investment in Bedford’s roads.

Details of all the current roadworks across the Borough, including those carried out by other organisations such as utility companies, internet providers and transport organisations (eg Network Rail), can be found using this interactive map.

You can search by postcode area and timeframe and choose to see roadworks, road closures, diversions and even public events affecting our roads.

Read more about major roadwork projects here:

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. For advice on the permit scheme or to discuss any immediate activity you may be undertaking, please contact us on

Permit schemes are a better way to manage works carried out on the road and minimises 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)

Bedford Borough Council, Hertfordshire County Council, Luton Borough Council and Southend-on-Sea Borough Council have developed a common Permit Scheme, called the East of England Permit Scheme (EEPS), to be applied on all the roads within their control.