Press release

Weekend local road closures as part of advance work on A5-M1 Link Dunstable Northern Bypass in Bedfordshire

Road users are advised that there will be weekend closures on local roads this month and next, as advance work progresses on the A5-M1 Link Dunstable Northern Bypass improvement scheme in Bedfordshire.

The closures will allow UK Power Networks (UKPN) to continue their work to re-route the overhead high-powered electricity cables. During the work, Houghton Road in Dunstable will be closed from its junction with Luton Road down to Windy Willows Nursery on Sundon Road, during the following dates and times:

  • 00:01 Saturday 30 August to re-open by 06:00 on Monday 1 September.
  • 00:01 Saturday 6 September to re-open by 0600 on Monday 8 September.

Highways Agency project manager, Karen Green, said:

Continuing with this work now will help us stay on target for our planned start of the main construction work in spring 2015.

We have worked with UKPN and local partners to ensure that the impact on road users is minimised, which is why the work will be carried out at weekends, when traffic levels are lower.

Traffic will be diverted from Luton Road (B579) towards Toddington, turning right onto Fancott Bridleway (B530) to the A5120, then left, to continue through Toddington. Diverted traffic will then continue to the mini roundabout in Houghton Regis, taking the first exit onto the High Street, continuing on East End to Chequers roundabout and taking the first exit onto Sundon Rd to continue onto Houghton Rd.

Traffic travelling from Sundon Road will be diverted on the reverse route. Access for local residents will be maintained subject to possible delays and through traffic will be prohibited.

Advance work on the A5-M1 Link Dunstable Northern Bypass started on 27 May following approval of the scheme by Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin. The main construction work on the A5-M1 Link Dunstable Northern Bypass improvement scheme is due to start by spring 2015 subject to the completion of the statutory process.

To keep up to date with site preparation work and closures on roads around the scheme, visit the Highways Agency website.

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