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28/03/2019

Central Bedfordshire Council lodges link road plans

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Central Bedfordshire Council has submitted a planning application to create a new link road between the M1 and A6.  

The new road would improve the congestion and safety on the A6 into Luton, which is used by approximately 26,000 vehicles a day.

It would run from the A6 Barton Road to junction 11a of the M1 motorway, and join up to the A5-M1 link road to provide a "strategically important" east-west link.

The road would be 2.75 miles (4.4 km) long and could create part of a northern bypass for Luton. The submitted layout is a mixture of single and dual carriageway, with a 50 mph speed limit.

There would be junctions to a proposed new rail freight interchange at Sundon, which aims to help transfer goods from the M1 to the Midland mainline and beyond, shifting more freight from road to rail. It is anticipated that the rail freight interchange could generate 1,000 jobs on 40 hectares of employment land.

The proposal also includes new local homes on the northern edge of Luton. This development includes 20 hectares of further employment land creating local jobs.

Nigel Young, executive member for business and regeneration at the council, said: “Building this new road will benefit both existing communities and new communities. This route will be critical to delivering the wider infrastructure needed for our residents and business at the heart of the Oxford to Cambridge Corridor.

“In the last few years, we have built new links roads to the west of the M1 junction 11a that have opened up that part of the region. If we can then link those up to the A6, we can ease congestion and further boost the economic potential of the area, opening up opportunities for businesses, including better access to Luton Airport, and creating jobs at Sundon.”

If the plans are approved and funding is secured, work could begin in 2020 and take two years to complete.

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