Press release

Improvement work begins in Bedfordshire

Last month, Highways England announced £2.4million worth of improvements will take place in Bedfordshire providing smoother and safer journeys for drivers.

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The work will begin on Monday 26 October on the A5 near Woburn and is expected to finish by 22 January.

The first phase will focus on the northern part of the A5 between Hockliffe and Sheep Lane and the A505 roundabout to Tebworth. The work will involve resurfacing, replacing road markings and installing new signing as part of safety improvements at Tebworth Turn.

The work is dependent on suitable weather conditions and will be carried out during the week between 8pm and 6am and may include some weekends.

Highways England project sponsor, Mindy Bhogal said:

This work will not only improve safety but will provide road users with a better driving experience. The white lines will also be more visible, improving driver safety.

We understand this scheme will cause some disruption for drivers and are carrying out the work overnight to reduce the impact.

We have planned this work carefully to minimise the inconvenience to road users, but I would urge motorists to plan ahead and allow extra time in case of any delays.

While the road is being resurfaced the A5 between the A5/A505 and A5 Little Brickhill will be closed in both directions and traffic will be diverted via the A505, A4146 and A5. Local residents who require access will be escorted past the roadworks.

The £2.416million investment is part of Highways England’s commitment in the region to improve safety and increase the capacity of roads, helping ease congestion and ensuring better journeys across the East region’s roads.

The second phase will see improvement work taking place to the south of the A5 at Markyate, Abbey Hill, Dunstable, the M1 and A421 towards to the end of the year. More details will be announced in the coming weeks.

This improvement scheme is in addition to the work already underway on a new dual carriageway to improve the east-west connection between the A5 and M1 which started earlier this year. To get the latest information on this major project visit the scheme page.

General enquiries

Members of the public should contact the Highways England customer contact centre on 0300 123 5000.

Media enquiries

Journalists should contact the Highways England press office on 0844 693 1448 and use the menu to speak to the most appropriate press officer.

Published 16 October 2015