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Transporting Bedford

Transporting Bedford is an £22.5 million project to tackle congestion hotspots in Bedford.

It is funded by both Bedford Borough Council, The DfT National Productivity Fund 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 Autumn 2020

Download a copy of the latest scheme information leaflet here

Manton Lane improvements (theme 2)

Work on the first phase of works at Manton Lane has been completed. We have now started work on the next phase of works, which includes a new footbridge on Manton Lane, changes to the roundabout at the Manton Lane/Clapham Road junction and further road widening between that roundabout and the bypass roundabout.

The footbridge is expected to be open by the end of the year and utility companies are starting work over the next few weeks to relocate underground equipment on Clapham Road before the main road widening work starts early next year.

Email highways.helpdesk@bedford.gov.uk if you have urgent issues relating to the road works.

Britannia Road improvements (theme 2)

Work to improve Britannia Road has now been completed.

Ampthill Road improvements 

We are finalising plans to carry out road widening and traffic signal modifications along the Ampthill Road corridor, and expect to commence work next Spring.

Traffic signal modifications

Work to upgrade the traffic lights at the junction of London Road and Elstow Road have recently been completed. 

This work at the London Road and Elstow Road junction joins other recently upgraded traffic light junctions including Newnham Avenue and Goldington Road, River Street and Midland Road, St Peters Street and St Cuthbert’s Street, and Bromham Road and Union Street. Further traffic light upgrades will be taking place at Prebend Street, Kingsway and Cauldwell Street early next year.

The upgrades will make our traffic light system better connected, better able to respond to demand and help manage traffic.

Contact the Project Team

Email transportingbedford2020@bedford.gov.uk if you have any general queries about the project.