Amost £800k to improve travel for pededstrians, cyclists and motorists

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Pedestrians, cyclists, and motorists are to benefit from a major investment into towns and villages across Central Bedfordshire.

Almost £800,000 is to be spent on schemes to improve roads, cycle paths, pedestrian crossings and public transport, following the decision by the council’s Executive on Tuesday.

It is part of the Local Area Transport Plan which aims to meet key priorities for improving safety for all road users whilst providing alternative transport options to the car.

From April work will begin on the projects including one at Ampthill and Flitwick which will see the introduction of a 20mph scheme in Flitwick and Westoning, and a shared use footpath/cycleway between Redbourne School and the A507.

Marston Vale and the surrounding area will benefit from bus stop improvements across the parish, speed limit amendments on Hockliffe Road in Woburn and a new pedestrian crossing in Cranfield.

In Shefford, Silsoe and Shillington work will include traffic islands to protect turning traffic at the A507/Greenway Campton junction, the design of a school safety zone in Gravenhurst and a new pedestrian crossing on Old Bridge Way, Shefford.

All the improvements are based on transport studies and consultation with residents and local ward members.

In addition the use of the Rural Match Fund has encouraged town and parish councils to fund transport schemes which are match funded by £376,000 from Central Bedfordshire Council.

Cllr Tony Brown, said: “This is excellent news for all residents – whether they are pedestrians or road users. Making sure journeys are easy, safe, convenient and even enjoyable are part and parcel of our commitment to make Central Bedfordshire a great place to live and work.

“Working in partnership with town and parish councils our Rural Match Fund takes things one step further. It really shows how with just a little bit of money you can make an enormous difference in an area that really will experience the benefits.”

Full details of the schemes are available to view on our website