‘Significant disruption’ expected as Paula Radcliffe Way partially closed until mid-December

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Clapham Roundabout, Bedford. Credit: Don R Weerasirie
Clapham Roundabout, Bedford. Credit: Don R Weerasirie

A senior councillor has advised motorists to avoid the A6 Paula Radcliffe Way and to expect ‘significant disruption’ until December while essential gas works take place.

The works will start on Monday (19 October) and will see one lane of the A6 Paula Radcliffe Way roundabout to the Shakespeare Road/Clapham Road roundabout partially closed to traffic until mid December ‘at the latest’.

Cadent Gas are carrying out the works to divert gas services which will mean that one lane will be closed travelling southeast into Bedford past Sainsbury’s from 10am.

In a statement, Bedford Borough Council said, “This is part of wider works to make improvements to these roundabouts and help ease congestion as part of the A6 Northern Gateway.

“As part of the wider Transporting Bedford project, road and junction improvements have been carried out across the town which will improve congestion and road safety.”

Cllr Charles Royden, Portfolio Holder for Highways said, “There is expected to be significant disruption in the area while these Cadent Gas diversion works are taking place. Please avoid the area if possible.

“These works were not expected to take place until later in the year, but Cadent Gas have agreed to start them earlier than previously expected. This will allow us to complete the overall scheme more quickly.

“We know these works are intrusive and we apologise for any inconvenience caused. They are part of a project to make vital improvements to our road network for the long term future.”

Update: this article was updated on 19 October at 08:50 to include the phrase ‘A6 Paula Radcliffe Way roundabout to the Shakespeare Road/Clapham Road roundabout partially closed to traffic until mid December ‘at the latest’.’

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