Bedford to benefit from road junction upgrades

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In addition to the current improvements to Manton Lane, Bedford Borough Council has announced three significant changes to road junctions across Bedford.

  • On Goldington Green, mini roundabouts will be installed to make it easier for traffic to enter and leave Goldington Road
  • Traffic will be able to enter River Street car park from Greyfriars, so people will no longer have to drive around St Paul’s Square to use this popular town centre car park
  • At Rope Walk, traffic lights will be installed which will improve entry and exit at St John’s shopping centre

These improvements will help cut down on unnecessary traffic movements on St Paul’s Square and Rope Walk, and join the ‘Transporting Bedford 2020’ project, which is targeting major junctions across the Borough to improve traffic flow.

Jointly funded by Bedford Borough Council and through SEMLEP’s Local Growth Fund, work has already begun on Manton Lane to widen the road and increase capacity for all road users, and tackle congestion.

Mayor Dave Hodgson said: “Transporting Bedford 2020 is the largest ever investment in our town’s roads to help get traffic moving. These new sites we are upgrading are all well-known as difficult junctions and we are again targeting work to make a real difference to people’s day-to-day lives.

This is in addition to major investments in the High Street and St Paul’s Square, Britannia Road, Ampthill Road, Bromham Road and Manton Lane under this comprehensive decongestion programme.”