Anger as ongoing A6 roadworks adding “an hour” to some journeys

Paula Radcliffe Way. Image: Bedford Borough Council
Paula Radcliffe Way. Image: Bedford Borough Council

The roadworks on the A6 Paula Radcliffe Way are adding an hour to some people’s journeys, a borough councillor has said.

During the council’s Executive Meeting (22 November) cllr Doug McMurdo (Independent, Sharnbrook) said residents were “extremely frustrated” at the queues and the traffic management around the roadworks.

“Particularly, I might say, of an evening in the last few weeks,” he said.

“It’s just adding delays that frankly could be avoided if the signalling was better worked out.”

Deputy mayor & portfolio holder for environment, highways and transport, cllr James Weir (Conservative, Great Denham) said he is “satisfied” that engineers and contractors are doing all that they can to facilitate a speedy end to the roadworks.

“No doubt everybody in this room shares the frustration of this project and the delays it’s caused,” he said.

“It’s not been done on purpose, it’s not been done to inconvenience people. It’s a large project that’s been on the cards now for a number of years, the delivery is getting closer.

“We’ve made several adjustments throughout the term of the project, I’m hoping that these final adjustments will ease [queues] even further as the project comes to an end.

“But there will be as you would imagine a full review of how the whole project was handled and put through and specced up and why certain issues came up.”

Cllr McMurdo said he didn’t think that the project has been managed effectively.

“Some of the stuff that I’ve seen is just really really basic, the times that you see a lack of workforce on the highway actually doing work is greater than when you actually see people doing it,” he said.

“This is at best sloppy,” he said.

by John Guinn
Local Democracy Reporter

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