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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 Summer 2019

Manton Lane improvements (theme 2)

Work on Manton Lane started on 23 April and will continue through to Winter 2019.

Work is currently taking place to install a retaining wall alongside the school playing fields. The completion of the retaining wall will allow us to widen the road and realign the carriageway and footway.

There are a number of utility services under the existing footway and verges that will be relocated into the new footway.

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. The impacts on traffic arising from both schemes will be kept under review to ensure that disruption to journeys is kept to a minimum.

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.

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