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Planned next phase for Britannia Road would prevent social distancing measures

Following Government instructions for slowing the spread of COVID-19, works by contractors on Britannia Road will be halted as soon as the site can be made safe.

The next phase of works on Britannia Road involves tasks where social distancing measures cannot be fully followed. To ensure the safety of everyone on site, the decision has been made to temporarily close until work can safely resume.

Council staff and contractors are completing these ‘closing’ works in line with Government guidance on social distancing.

Works will be complete on Manton Lane by the end of this week. This includes improvements to the existing traffic lights to make traffic flow better; a new junction to ease the movement of school traffic; and the road widened to create more space for traffic to move.

The completion of these works is the first phase in a wider scheme to improve the ‘A6 Northern Gateway’.

When normal working conditions are allowed by Government, improvements will be made to Paula Radcliffe Way / Great Ouse Way roundabout, and to put signals on the Clapham Road / Manton Lane roundabout.

The timing of these works is also subject to Network Rail completing their works on Bromham Road Bridge.

Cllr Charles Royden, portfolio holder for Transport, said:

“It is great news that the works on Manton Lane will be completed this week. This has been a huge piece of work to deliver real improvements to a congestion hotspot in our town.

“It is disappointing that contractors can no longer work on completing Britannia Road but we must follow the Government requirements for the safety of our staff, our contractors and the public.

“As soon as we can, we will get works happening on this site again and move onto the next phases of the Transporting Bedford project.”

The Transporting Bedford project is an £18million investment to ease congestion and make roads safer. It is funded by both Bedford Borough Council and £15.5 million from the South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership, through the Local Growth Fund and represents the largest ever investment in Bedford’s roads.