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Central Bedfordshire road scheme gets government backing

M1 motorway

The roads minister, Baroness Vere, has announced that Central Bedfordshire will receive £32.7 million funding from the government to build a new bypass to ease transport of goods between the M1 and the Midlands. 

The project will see the construction of a 2.75-mile road link between junction 11a of the M11 and the A6, forming a north-western bypass for Luton. 

It will connect the east and west of north Luton and is intended to support the development of up to 3,600 new homes and around 2,800 new jobs.

The scheme, said the government, will improve air quality and journey times in north Luton communities, which will see less congestion.  

It also aims to reduce carbon emissions and encourage active travel by including a three-metre-wide foot and cycle path on the south side of the link road.

Kevin Collins, executive member for planning and regeneration at Central Bedfordshire Council, said: “The funding provides us with a welcome opportunity to improve connectivity between towns in Central Bedfordshire, especially east-west linkages, whilst also easing congestion in the villages and areas north of Luton.

“It will also facilitate the delivery of growth envisaged in our adopted local plan and will provide homes, jobs and necessary supporting infrastructure for Central Bedfordshire and the wider area.”

The construction work of the road is due to start in January 2022 and be finished by January 2024.

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