Skip to main content

Transporting Bedford 2020

Transporting Bedford 2020 is an £18 million project to tackle congestion hotspots in Bedford.

It is funded by both Bedford Borough Council and £15.5 million from the South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership, through the Local Growth Fund and represents the largest ever investment in Bedford’s roads.

The project runs over a three-year period between 2018 and 2021 with the aim of tackling those key congestion hotspots which by their nature are well-used routes through our town.

We have worked to minimise disruption while delivering this project and the huge benefits it will bring to ease congestion, and make our roads more reliable for our long-term future.

The project is focusing on three key themes:

  1. Town Centre Public Realm
  2. Reducing congestion (pinch-point schemes) – including works at Manton Lane, Britannia Road, Ampthill Road and Bromham Road
  3. Urban traffic management control and technology measures

Update Winter 2019

An information leaflet outlining progress on works related to the Transporting Bedford project is being delivered to all households in the Borough.  The leaflet also shows details of our plans for Bedford High St. Download a copy of the leaflet here (PDF)

Bedford High Street improvement works (theme 1)

Improvements to Bedford High Street and this wholesale revitalisation of our town centre will create a better atmosphere for visitors and shoppers with less traffic using the road as a through-route. These works are planned to start after the River Festival in July 2020.

Manton Lane improvements (theme 2)

Work on Manton Lane started on 23 April and will continue through to early 2020.

Work to relocate utility services in the area and construct a retaining wall alongside the school playing field has been completed and we are now installing drainage systems and new kerblines on the widened section of road. Following this, work will start on installing a new signal junction at the school entrance.

Network Rail is working on Bromham Road rail bridge from 24 June through to Spring 2020. Traffic on Clapham Road is expected to increase and is being diverted away from Bromham Road.

Because of this no Transporting Bedford 2020 works will take place on Clapham Road until after the Network Rail works have been completed.

Planned Transporting Bedford 2020 works to install a footbridge over Manton Lane, and wider improvement works around the Manton Lane/Clapham Road and Paula Radcliffe Way/Great Ouse Way roundabouts will follow at a later date, following the completion of the Network Rail works.

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

Britannia Road improvements (theme 2)

Work to improve Britannia Road is due to start on 20 July 2019 and will continue into the New Year.

During this time traffic along Britannia Road will be closed one way. No traffic will be able to use Britannia Road to travel from Bedford Road towards Ampthill Road.

Contact the Project Team

Email if you have any general queries about the project.