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Works begin on Britannia Road

Works to introduce a series of measures designed to reduce congestion at a traffic hotspot are set to begin next month through the Transporting Bedford 2020 project.

The work will take place on Britannia Road, which links two major roads in Bedford; Ampthill Road and Kempston Road. This is a well-known congestion hotspot.

These works will widen the road while keeping space for pedestrians; and deliver major changes to the road layout.

These will see the addition of traffic lights to the junction with King’s Place, and moving the existing crossing to that junction. This will reduce delays caused by traffic turning into the large car park off King’s Place.

The traffic lights at both ends of Britannia Road and the new traffic lights at King’s Place are also being upgraded. These will be able to ‘communicate’ and vastly improve traffic flow along the route.

The layout of the main Hospital car park will be changed to improve traffic flow around the car park, and the exit onto Britannia Road will be closed.

The drop-off lay by near the Hospital entrance on Britannia Road is set to be altered. Some existing on-street parking removed from King’s Place.

The works will begin on Saturday 20th July and will be complete in early 2020.

During the works, Britannia Road will be open one way to traffic going from Ampthill Road to Kempston Road. There will be a signed diversion route in place throughout the works, around Kingsway and St Mary’s Street.

There will be some pavement restrictions in place to allow the works to take place safely. But this route will continue to be open to pedestrians through the works.

The bus stop on Britannia Road southbound will also be temporarily out of use while these works are ongoing. Bus services 2, 42 and 44 will be using a temporary stop on Ampthill Rd, at the junction with Britannia Rd.

These bus services will also not use the bus stops on Kingsway and Kingsway link during the works.

Revised timetables for these services will be available to view on the Bedford Borough Council timetable page or on the operator’s website.

These works are not expected to have any operational impact on Bedford Hospital. The Council is working with it to minimise the impact on patients and staff.

Cllr Charles Royden, Portfolio Holder for Transport and Highways said:

“We have to make a start on these works this summer to ensure we deliver this huge, multimillion-pound highways improvement project across our town centre, on time and in budget.

“We apologise for any inconvenience these works cause. This is a busy route into town, which is why we have found a way to keep it open while carrying out these crucial works.

“We have worked to minimise disruption while delivering this project and the huge benefits it will bring to ease congestion, and make our roads more reliable for our long-term future.”

Transporting Bedford 2020 is an £18million project to tackle congestion hotspots in Bedford. It is funded by Bedford Borough Council along with £15.5M funding from the South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership, through the Local Growth Fund and represents the largest ever investment in Bedford’s roads.

Find out more about the project at www.bedford.gov.uk/transportingbedford2020