Work on stretch of A6 “too dangerous to use” started today

A6 closure July 22
The A6 will be closed from the junction with Bedford Road to the junction with Luton Road.

A stretch of the A6 dubbed “too dangerous to use” has been closed today (22 July) for planning works to fix it.

The stretch to the south of Bedford, just past the village of Wilstead is being completely rebuilt after falling into a serious state of disrepair when the foundations of the road collapsed.

The road will be closed from the Bedford Road junction in the north to the Luton Road junction in the south until early December.

A diversion will take traffic along the A507 and A600 through Cotton End.

The importance of safety for road users is paramount and the road is being completely rebuilt in a multimillion-pound investment by Bedford Borough Council, with the works being carried out by Henderson & Taylor.

Cllr Charles Royden, Portfolio Holder for Highways and Transport said, “We apologise for any inconvenience caused by this road closure.

“This closure will enable these essential works to be carried out, and this road to be rebuilt for the long-term future.”

Some local footpaths crossing this stretch of the A6 will also be closed. More details of these are available at