A5 to M1 link (Dunstable northern bypass)Recently updated

Construction of a new dual carriageway running east from the A5 north of Dunstable to join the M1 at a new junction 11a south of Chalton.

Region:  East
Start date:  February 2015
Cost:  £162.1 million
Type:  Major Scheme
End date:  By the end of June 2017
Programme:  

What impact will this have on my journey?

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Progress report

We have started work on the new M1 junction and bridges. We have installed steel beams for the two new bridges, safety barriers, signs, CCTV and average speed cameras which will stay in place throughout the junction construction work.

We demolished a bridge (old Luton Road bridge) over the M1 on 10/11 September and a second one (Houghton Road bridge) on 24/25 September.

We will need to fully close the M1 between junctions 11 and 12 on a number of occasions in the second half of November to allow us to put up sign-posts and carry out communication cable installation on new gantries. Full closures are required to carry out the works safely. We are scheduling closures to take place overnight on weeknights only to reduce impact on traffic.

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What next?

We will be carrying out construction of vehicles restraint systems and concrete safety barriers on the link road, fencing of the balancing ponds, signs installation, finishing up the footpaths and footbridges and erecting gantries.

Timeline

Date Event
9 September 2005 to 2 December 2005  Have your say
February 2007  Preferred route announcement
October 2007  Public information exhibition
17 March 2010  Notice of intention to hold a Public Inquiry published
October 2010  Spending review
February to March 2012  Public inquiry
May 2014  Start of advanced works
January 2015  Preparatory works
March 2015  Public information exhibition
March 2015  Start of works
June 2017  End of works

Why we need this scheme

This section of the route often experiences traffic congestion. Other local routes also carry significant amounts of traffic, including the A5120 passing through Houghton Regis and Toddington to junction 12 and the A505 linking Dunstable and Luton town centres via junction 11.

The scheme in detail

New routes

From Monday 1 August a new road layout is in place between the A505 and Dunstable Road for the A5 and Thorn Road. There is no right turn onto Thorn Road from the A5 northbound as well as no right turn onto the A5 from Thorn Road.  The northbound diversion follows the A505 to the roundabout junction with the A4146 and continues along the A4146 to where it meets back with the A5. The southbound diversion is the reverse of the northbound.

Luton Road east and west

Towards the end of last year, two new roads, Luton Road East and West, were opened to traffic. These new road layouts now allow for better travel for road users traveling to and from Chalton and Houghton Regis. It also allows for more work to be done within the closed space between Luton Road B579 and Sundon Road.

Aims

The objectives of the scheme are to:
  • reduce journey times and improve journey time reliability for long distance traffic
  • relieve Dunstable of significant congestion and through traffic on the A5
  • reduce traffic travelling to junctions 11 and 12 from the local road network in Dunstable, Houghton Regis and surrounding areas
  • boost economic growth by investing in roads to relieve congestion and improve road safety
  • provide a link between the M1 and the A5 that is critical to help economic development and jobs growth in the Central Bedfordshire area
  • unlock the development of 7,000 houses and 40 hectares of employment land – potentially providing 4,000 jobs at Houghton Regis, whilst also improving safety on the existing A5 and local roads

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Planned roadworks

Roadworks and Events for England

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Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lanes 1, 2 and 3 will be closed. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 05:00 from 23 January 2017 to 1 February 2017. Location : The M1 northbound between junctions J11 and J12 . Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 6:53 pm
Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lanes 1, 2 and 3 will be closed. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 05:00 from 23 January 2017 to 1 February 2017. Location : The M1 northbound at junction J11 . Lanes Closed : There will be three of four lanes closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 6:53 pm
Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lanes 1, 2 and 3 will be closed. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 05:00 from 23 January 2017 to 1 February 2017. Location : The M1 northbound between junctions J10 and J11 . Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 6:53 pm
Location : The M1 northbound between junctions J13 and J15 . Status : Pending. Schedule : From 07:00 on 31 March 2017 to 19:00 on 31 March 2017. Reason : Road repairs are planned.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 4:52 pm
Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Schedule : From 22:00 on 25 January 2017 to 06:00 on 26 January 2017. Location : The M1 northbound entry slip at junction J11 . Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 1:31 pm
Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 27 March 2017 to 1 April 2017. Location : The M1 northbound between junctions J13 and J15 . Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 1:31 pm
Location : The M1 southbound entry slip at junction J12 . Status : Pending. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed. Schedule : From 22:00 on 24 January 2017 to 06:00 on 25 January 2017. Reason : Road repairs are planned.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 1:31 pm
Location : The M1 southbound entry slip at Toddington Services. Status : Pending. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed. Schedule : From 22:00 on 24 January 2017 to 06:00 on 25 January 2017. Reason : Road repairs are planned.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 1:31 pm
Period : expect disruption until 05:00 on 28 April 2017. Status : Currently Active. Lane Closures : The hard shoulder, lanes 1 and 3 are closed. Location : The M1 southbound at junction J12 . Lanes Closed : There are two of four lanes closed. Reason : Road repairs.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 1:31 pm
Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lanes 1, 2 and 3 will be closed. Schedule : From 22:00 on 24 January 2017 to 06:00 on 25 January 2017. Location : The M1 southbound between junctions J11 and J10 . Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 1:31 pm
Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lanes 1, 2 and 3 will be closed. Schedule : From 22:00 on 24 January 2017 to 06:00 on 25 January 2017. Location : The M1 southbound at junction J12 . Lanes Closed : There will be three of four lanes closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 1:31 pm
Period : from 13:04 on 11 December 2015 to 05:00 on 28 April 2017. Location : The M1 northbound between junctions J10 and J12 . Status : Currently Active. Reason : Roadworks.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 1:31 pm
Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lanes 1, 2 and 3 will be closed. Schedule : From 22:00 on 25 January 2017 to 06:00 on 26 January 2017. Location : The M1 northbound at junction J11 . Lanes Closed : There will be three of four lanes closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 1:31 pm
Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lanes 1, 2 and 3 will be closed. Schedule : From 22:00 on 25 January 2017 to 06:00 on 26 January 2017. Location : The M1 northbound between junctions J11 and J12 . Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 1:31 pm
Period : expect disruption until 05:00 on 28 April 2017. Status : Currently Active. Lane Closures : The hard shoulder, lanes 1 and 3 are closed. Location : The M1 northbound at junction J11 . Lanes Closed : There are two of four lanes closed. Reason : Road repairs.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 1:31 pm
Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Schedule : From 20:00 on 27 January 2017 to 04:00 on 28 January 2017. Location : The A421 northbound at the junction with the M1 J13. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 1:31 pm
Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lanes 1, 2 and 3 will be closed. Schedule : From 22:00 on 24 January 2017 to 06:00 on 25 January 2017. Location : The M1 southbound between junctions J13 and J12 . Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 1:31 pm
Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 will be closed. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 23:00 and 05:00 from 23 January 2017 to 27 January 2017. Location : The M1 northbound between junctions J10 and J11 . Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 1:31 pm
Period : expect disruption until 05:00 on 28 April 2017. Status : Currently Active. Lane Closures : The hard shoulder, lanes 1 and 3 are closed. Location : The M1 southbound at junction J11 . Lanes Closed : There are two of four lanes closed. Reason : Road repairs.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 1:31 pm
Period : from 22:00 on 2 April 2015 to 05:00 on 28 April 2017. Location : The M1 southbound between junctions J13 and J11 . Status : Currently Active. Reason : Road repairs.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 1:31 pm
Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 will be closed. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 23:00 and 05:00 from 23 January 2017 to 27 January 2017. Location : The M1 northbound between junctions J9 and J10 . Lanes Closed : There will be two of four lanes closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 1:31 pm
Period : expect disruption until 05:00 on 28 April 2017. Status : Currently Active. Lane Closures : The hard shoulder, lanes 1 and 3 are closed. Location : The M1 southbound between junctions J13 and J12 . Lanes Closed : There are two of three lanes closed. Reason : Road repairs.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 1:31 pm
Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lanes 1, 2 and 3 will be closed. Schedule : From 22:00 on 25 January 2017 to 06:00 on 26 January 2017. Location : The M1 northbound at junction J12 . Lanes Closed : There will be three of four lanes closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 1:31 pm
Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lanes 1, 2 and 3 will be closed. Schedule : From 22:00 on 24 January 2017 to 06:00 on 25 January 2017. Location : The M1 southbound at junction J11 . Lanes Closed : There will be three of four lanes closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 1:31 pm
Location : The M1 northbound exit slip at Toddington Services. Status : Pending. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed. Schedule : From 22:00 on 25 January 2017 to 06:00 on 26 January 2017. Reason : Road repairs are planned.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 1:31 pm
Period : expect disruption until 05:00 on 28 April 2017. Status : Currently Active. Lane Closures : The hard shoulder, lanes 1 and 3 are closed. Location : The M1 northbound between junctions J10 and J11 . Lanes Closed : There are two of three lanes closed. Reason : Road repairs.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 1:31 pm
Location : The M1 southbound exit slip at Toddington Services. Status : Pending. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed. Schedule : From 22:00 on 24 January 2017 to 06:00 on 25 January 2017. Reason : Road repairs are planned.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 1:31 pm
Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lanes 1, 2 and 3 will be closed. Schedule : From 22:00 on 25 January 2017 to 06:00 on 26 January 2017. Location : The M1 northbound between junctions J10 and J11 . Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 1:31 pm
Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lanes 1, 2 and 3 will be closed. Schedule : From 22:00 on 24 January 2017 to 06:00 on 25 January 2017. Location : The M1 southbound between junctions J12 and J11 . Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 1:31 pm
Period : expect disruption until 05:00 on 28 April 2017. Status : Currently Active. Lane Closures : The hard shoulder, lanes 1 and 3 are closed. Location : The M1 northbound between junctions J11 and J12 . Lanes Closed : There are two of three lanes closed. Reason : Road repairs.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 1:31 pm
Period : expect disruption until 05:00 on 28 April 2017. Status : Currently Active. Lane Closures : The hard shoulder, lanes 1 and 3 are closed. Location : The M1 southbound between junctions J12 and J11 . Lanes Closed : There are two of three lanes closed. Reason : Road repairs.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 1:31 pm

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