Millions to Tackle Manton Lane Congestion

Bedford Borough Council has announced a £5 million investment to help tackle congestion on Manton Lane after a successful bid to secure additional funds from the Department for Transport.

With £3.5million in Government funding secured towards the council investment, improvements to the Manton Lane junction are now set to go ahead through the ‘Bedford Northern Gateway to Growth’ project. This will increase capacity and help tackle the congestion in this area.

These works are set to include the installation of signals on Manton Lane roundabout, linking the traffic lights on Manton Lane to the new signalised roundabout, increasing capacity at the Great Ouse Way junction, and improving pedestrian crossing facilities on Manton Lane.

Cllr Charles Royden, Portfolio Holder for Transport said “This junction is a well-known congestion hotspot in our town. This successful bid, alongside investment by the Council, will deliver major works to help relieve this pressure.  As our town and Borough continue to thrive and grow, these crucial works to improve our infrastructure will help keep our roads running smoothly.”

Works are expected to begin in 2019, following consultation and confirmation of the final detailed scheme.