The first roads date back to the Old Stone Age. It was the Romans who took road building to a new level, building thousands of miles of roads in Britain. 2,000 years on, many signs of their roads like the A1 still exist today. Like us, they knew a thing or two about the importance of good transport networks.
In recent weeks, we secured government funding for two important transport schemes.
The first is for a new M1 to A6 link road. This will reduce congestion and ‘rat run’ traffic in villages like Lower Sundon, Upper Sundon and Streatley. It will make us more attractive to businesses and link to a new rail freight interchange at Sundon. This will help transfer goods to and from the M1 to the Midland Mainline and beyond, shifting more freight from road to rail.
There is also money to improve the notoriously busy Clophill roundabout, easing congestion and improving safety.
Work will soon start on the new Arlesey Relief Road too. This will make a difference locally and support new development.
We’re also pushing for improvements to the A1, but this belongs to Highways England so it’s not ours to change.
Buses are important for Central Bedfordshire. We want to make buses a real alternative to cars.
Working with the bus operators, services will improve in the coming years, with greener, better connected and more reliable services for all. Encouraging people to use buses instead of their cars will reduce traffic on our roads, improve air quality and tackle climate change.
We’re also investing in better cycling and walking routes too.
While the council can make investments and changes, often we have more influence when we link up with others. That’s why I have become the Chair of England’s Economic Heartland. This important transport body puts the needs of businesses, individuals and the environment at the forefront of future investment decisions.
Good transport is critical for Central Bedfordshire. It helps us thrive and brings us closer to important things like our work, family and friends.