A5-M1 link road to benefit long distance traffic

March 18 2015  

A5-M1 link road to benefit long distance traffic

More reliable journeys await motorists driving in and around Dunstable after work started on a northern bypass of the Bedfordshire town this week.

The Highways Agency’s A5-M1 Link Road project involves construction of a new 4.5km two lane dual carriageway, including three junctions, to improve east-west connections between the A5 and M1.

Following completion in spring 2017 the £162.1M scheme will provide an alternative route for long distance traffic currently having to pass through Dunstable.

“Businesses and motorists will benefit from our investment and the extra capacity it brings,” said Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin.

Highways Agency senior project manager Paul Unwin added: “The new A5-M1 Link aims to increase accessibility between the north-south strategic routes, reducing the level of traffic using the A5 and providing relief to communities within Houghton Regis.”

The main contractors are Costain and Carillion, working as a joint venture, and AECOM is the scheme designer. The project also involves four bridges passing over the A5-M1 Link. The first phase of work will focus on construction of a new B579 Luton Road and a new overbridge at Sundon Road, as well as temporary link roads.

Central Bedfordshire Council has contributed £5M towards the cost of the scheme.

The Council’s director of community services Marcel Coiffait said: “This new link road is good news for central Bedfordshire. It will open up the opportunity for new housing and business developments, attract inward investment, create jobs, and take away traffic from town centres.”

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