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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 Spring 2021

Download a copy of the latest scheme information leaflet here (PDF).

Manton Lane improvements (theme 2)

Work on the first phase of works at Manton Lane has been completed. The new footbridge is now open, and work to divert underground services and construct a new retaining wall along Clapham Road has been finished.  Work on the final phase of construction which includes widening Clapham Road and installing traffic lights at the Great Ouse Way and Shakespeare Road roundabouts will start this Summer and be completed next Spring.

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 (theme 2)

From Monday 24 May, major improvements works will begin on Ampthill Road to reduce congestion and improve road safety.

During these works, the road will be widened creating a second northbound lane between Elstow Road and Britannia Road. This lane will be for buses and Ultra Low Emission Vehicles, enabling people to continue benefiting from the bus lane and encouraging the use of electric vehicles as they become more common. As part of this project, air quality monitoring will also be installed.

Another major element will be improvements to traffic signals along the route, with space provided for traffic to turn right, helping traffic flow and reduce congestion. New electronic message signs will be installed to provide journey information to drivers and average speed cameras will also be installed, to help make this busy road safer.

To minimise disruption as much as possible, the majority of these works will be done with the road kept open with lane closures and temporary signals in place to keep traffic moving.

There will be two periods where sections of the road will need to be closed for around 2-3 weeks at a time for resurfacing works to be carried out. The road will only be closed overnight and this work will be done in sections, with the southern end first then the rest of the road later on. These resurfacing works are not expected to take place until the Autumn.

With the possible impact of winter weather during the later stages of this project, these works are expected to be completed early next year.

High Street and Silver Street Square

Work on High Street continues to progress well. See further updates on the works here.

Contact the Project Team

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