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Junction works to be done in holiday

Roundabout at junction of Clapham Road, Union Street and Tavistock Street, Bedford.

Roundabout at junction of Clapham Road, Union Street and Tavistock Street, Bedford.

Major improvement works to one of the busiest junctions in Bedford will get underway later this month.

The project will be starting on Monday, July 21 at the roundabout junction of Union Street, Clapham Road, Roff Avenue and Tavistock Street which aims to improve the facilities for cyclists, motorists and pedestrians while accommodating current traffic levels and improving safety.

When completed there will be pedestrian and cyclist crossings on all four roads, widened and resurfaced pavements and off-road cycle paths, and high visibility road markings to encourage traffic into the correct lane.

The Motorcycle Action Group aired safety concerns about plans for raised kerbs during the consultation period. However, this contentious kerbing is no longer to be used in the project.

Nigel Brigham, regional director for cycle charity Sustrans, said: “This scheme is expected to improve safety both on the road and for cyclists who prefer to use traffic-free facilities.”

A spokesman for Bedford Borough Council said: “It will be open throughout the majority of the programme, completed in around 10 weeks and scheduled during school summer holidays to minimise disruption.”

The junction, on the A6 through town, is used daily by 28,000 vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians.

 

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