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Timelapse video released showing giant steel beams being lifted into place over the M1 near Dunstable.

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A timelapse video showing giant steel beams being lifted into place over the M1 near Dunstable as part of a £162 million road project to boost Bedfordshire’s economy, has been released by Highways England.

Some 38, 100 tonne beams were installed during March and April 2016 for a new junction 11A interchange bridge and new B579 Luton Road bridge as part of the A5-M1 Link scheme.

The award-winning project includes the building of a completely new dual carriageway linking the A5 to the M1, three new junctions including a new motorway junction, and six new bridges.

Delivering the scheme will unlock up to 40 hectares of land for businesses and provide the infrastructure for 7,000 homes to be built to the north of Houghton Regis. It will also provide better access to the M1 and reduce congestion in Dunstable.

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lifting beams for two new bridges over the M1 as part of the A5-M1 Link scheme

Highways England project manager Karen Green said:

The A5-M1 Link scheme is progressing well and to plan.

Lifting the beams for these two bridges was an important milestone for the A5-M1 Link Road project, which will offer motorists better and safer journeys and help reduce congestion through Dunstable as well as unlock land for new homes and businesses.

The two new bridges will be opened to traffic closer to the scheme completion in spring 2017.

The A5-M1 Link project, a new, 2.8 mile dual carriageway to improve the east-west connection between the A5 and M1, north of Dunstable, will help reduce congestion through Dunstable town centre, offering motorists better journey time reliability and safer journeys.

Construction milestones achieved so far on the A5-M1 link include starting work on the layout for the new M1 junction 11A, with new roundabouts and bridges, as well as the rebuilding of the B579 Luton Road East and West to align it with junction 11A. Work on the link road itself has progressed well too, with drainage, fencing and some of the foundations and surfacing completed so far. And work on the new A5 roundabout has started too.

For the latest information and to register for updates about the A5-M1 Link scheme, visit the scheme website and follow us on Twitter @HighwaysEAST or call the Highways England Customer Contact Centre on 0300 123 5000.

You can also watch a video simulation of the scheme and for more videos, subscribe to Highways England’s YouTube channel.

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 20 May 2016