Major Improvements on the A6 Image: By-Kirill-AdobeStock_172838052

Diversion via A507 and A600

A stretch of A6 south of Bedford, past the village of Wilstead will be rebuilt this summer. This stretch of the A6 is in serious need of rebuilding as a consequence of the foundations of the road having collapsed.

The road is being completely rebuilt in a multimillion-pound investment by Bedford Borough Council (BBC), with the works being carried out by Henderson & Taylor.

These works will require the road to be closed from 22nd July, with the project expected to be complete and the road re-opened by early December. BBC apologises for the inconvenience these roadworks will cause.

The road will be closed from the Bedford Road junction in the north to the Luton Road junction in the south, while this stretch of the A6 is removed and rebuilt. The diversion route will be clearly signed, via the A507 and A600 through Cotton End.

Electronic signage will be installed in advance of the road being closed, and throughout the works to keep road users informed.

All residents of Wilstead and Wixams villages will soon be receiving a leaflet from Henderson & Taylor and Bedford Borough Council about this project, the road closure and required diversion route.

In addition, a drop-in session for the local community to find out more and ask questions will be organised in advance of the works starting.

There will also be some closures on local footpaths, which cross this stretch of the A6. More details of these are available at

More minor works will be carried out to the stretch of A6 immediately to the south in winter 2019, as part of this wider project, but this will not require an extended period of road closure and will only take place once the main stretch has been reopened.

Cllr Charles Royden, portfolio holder for Highways and Transport said:

“As people who regularly use this stretch of the A6 will be aware, this length of road has become too dangerous for normal road use and speed reduction has already been imposed. We have worked to bring this project forward as quickly as possible.”