Press release

Public invited to exhibitions ahead of A5-M1 Link Dunstable Northern Bypass work starting

Road users and local residents are invited to attend public exhibitions in Bedfordshire this week.


Road users and local residents can find out more about work to build a £162.1 million link road between the A5 and the M1.

The 2.9 mile two-lane dual carriageway, running from north of Dunstable and joining the M1 at a new junction 11a south of Chalton, will reduce and improve the reliability of journey times for long distance traffic travelling around Dunstable.

The exhibitions will be held at Chalton Village Hall, Water End Lane, Chalton, LU4 9UL, on Friday 13 March from 2pm to 8pm and at The Incuba, 1 Brewers Hill Road, Dunstable, LU6 1AA, on Saturday 14 March from 10am to 4pm.

The Highways Agency project team will be on hand to answer questions and explain the scheme, which is also designed to cut congestion and promote economic growth. Work has already been undertaken to prepare the site for main construction work, which starts on Monday 16 March. The first phase of work will include the construction of the new B579 Luton Road east and west, construction of temporary link roads and Sundon Road over bridge.

Highways Agency senior project manager, Paul Unwin, said:

These public exhibitions will be a chance for residents, businesses and road-users to find out more about the benefits that the scheme will bring and what they can expect during construction. We welcome the opportunity to speak to them directly and answer any questions they may have.

Work on the major improvement is due to complete in Spring 2017. For those not able to attend the exhibitions, they can find out more about the A5-M1 Link scheme by visiting the scheme’s website or calling the Highways Agency Customer Contact Centre on 0300 123 5000.

General enquiries

Members of the public should contact the Highways Agency Information Line on 0300 123 5000.

Media enquiries

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

Published 10 March 2015