Manton Lane improvement works

The first phase of work at the Bedford “Northern gateway” (Clapham Road / Manton Lane) were completed in 2020.

These works included:

  • Widening the road to provide extra traffic lanes past Bedford Modern School and on the approach to the Manton Lane/Clapham Road roundabout.
  • Making improvements to the operation of the existing traffic signals at the junction of Brickhill Drive/Manton Lane.
  • Installing three-way traffic lights at the junction with Bedford Modern School.
  • Diverting underground utility apparatus in advance of further works at the roundabout.

Constructing a new footbridge

The next phase of works is set to start on Monday 28 June to ease congestion in this busy area and make the roads safer for all road users.

Clapham Road between Paula Radcliffe Way and Manton Lane will be widened to create an extra lane for traffic, and a specific left turn filter lane to allow traffic heading up Manton Lane to bypass the roundabout.

Improvements will also be made to allow people coming south on Clapham Road to turn right into Sainsbury’s, which will also help to ease traffic on this busy roundabout.

The Clapham Road roundabout itself will be widened to create more space for traffic to flow, and traffic signals will be installed to help ease congestion during the morning and afternoon rush hours. Improved pedestrian and cyclist crossings will also be installed, to make it easier to cross this busy junction.

These works are expected to complete in Spring 2022. To minimise disruption on this busy route, the majority of these works will be carried out using temporary lane closures, ensuring that the route can still be used throughout.

Resurfacing works will also be carried out as part of this project, early next year, which will require phased overnight closures of the route. These will be carefully phased to ensure they are carried out with the minimum inconvenience to road users and the surrounding businesses and residents.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused while the works are carried out but ultimately they will bring benefits for all road users.

There will be signage in place to make everyone aware and we would encourage you to leave ample time for your journey while the work takes place.

Email if you have any general queries about the project.

Email if you have urgent issues relating to the road works.