New M1-A6 link road to be built in Central Bedfordshire

A new strategic road will be built to bypass the town of Luton, running from the A6 to junction 11a of the M1, connecting with the recently finished A5 to M1 Link road.

Central Bedfordshire Council says the new link will be 2.75 miles long with a dual carriageway to a new planned rail freight interchange at Sundon Park, and then single carriageway connecting to the A6.

It says the road supports its priorities to enhance Central Bedfordshire by delivering improved infrastructure that will open up opportunities for employment, leisure activities and housing.

Our Development Management Committee agreed the planning application in September 2019 subject to a decision from the Secretary of State for Housing, Local Government and Communities. He chose not to intervene, so the project will now go forward.

Roads Minister Baroness Vere said, “Residents in Bedfordshire deserve quicker and easier journeys and I know many have been frustrated by poor east-west connections north of Luton. That’s why I’m pleased to be backing the new link road which will support the construction of new homes and jobs, drastically improve accessibility, and make the area more attractive to new business.”

(Picture – Junction 11A of the M1 – credit Google Streetview)

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