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.

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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 its junction with Sundon Road and Hillsborough Crescent, during the following dates and times:

  • 00:01 Saturday 11 October to reopen by 00:01 on Monday 13 October; and
  • 00:01 Saturday 18 October to reopen by 00:01 on Monday 20 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.

Eastbound traffic will be diverted to the junction with Sundon Park Road, and via Marsh Road, Leagrave Road, Waller Avenue, Dunstable Road, Oakley Road, Grange Avenue, Toddington Road, and continue onto Luton Road to the junction with Sundon Road. Westbound traffic will be diverted along 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 this website

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 7 October 2014