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
Status:  CURRENT
Type:  Major Scheme
End date:  By the end of June 2017
Programme:  

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Progress report

Work is progressing well across the scheme as we near completion. We are continuing to complete works to the gantries over the M1, finish planting and fencing works across the scheme and the installation of new road signage. We need to have overnight lane closures between junctions 11-12 of the M1 to allow works to continue on the overhead gantries, these lane closures are required to carry out the works safely

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What next?

We are finishing works in various areas of the new junction and link road to complete and open to traffic.

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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Location : The M1 southbound between junctions J12 and J11 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder, lanes 1 and 3 are closed. Reason : Road repairs. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 05:00 on 28 April 2017. Lanes Closed : There are two of three lanes closed.
Posted: March 28, 2017, 11:39 am
Location : The M1 southbound between junctions J13 and J12 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder, lanes 1 and 3 are closed. Reason : Road repairs. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 05:00 on 28 April 2017. Lanes Closed : There are two of three lanes closed.
Posted: March 28, 2017, 9:31 am
Location : The M1 southbound at junction J11 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder, lanes 1 and 3 are closed. Reason : Road repairs. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 05:00 on 28 April 2017. Lanes Closed : There are two of four lanes closed.
Posted: March 28, 2017, 9:11 am
Location : The M1 southbound between junctions J12 and J11 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder, lanes 1 and 3 are closed. Reason : Road repairs. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 05:00 on 28 April 2017. Lanes Closed : There are two of four lanes closed.
Posted: March 28, 2017, 8:18 am
Location : The M1 northbound between junctions J13 and J15 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder is closed. Reason : Road repairs. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 19:00 on 28 March 2017.
Posted: March 28, 2017, 7:16 am
Location : The M1 northbound between junctions J11 and J12 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder, lanes 1 and 3 are closed. Reason : Road repairs. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 05:00 on 28 April 2017. Lanes Closed : There are two of three lanes closed.
Posted: March 28, 2017, 5:39 am
Location : The M1 northbound between junctions J10 and J11 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder, lanes 1 and 3 are closed. Reason : Road repairs. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 05:00 on 28 April 2017. Lanes Closed : There are two of three lanes closed.
Posted: March 28, 2017, 5:39 am
Location : The M1 southbound between junctions J11 and J10 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 3 April 2017 to 13 April 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: March 27, 2017, 11:58 pm
Location : The M1 southbound between junctions J10 and J9 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 3 April 2017 to 13 April 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be one of four lanes closed.
Posted: March 27, 2017, 11:58 pm
Location : The M1 southbound between junctions J12 and J11 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1, 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 3 April 2017 to 8 April 2017. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: March 27, 2017, 11:58 pm
Location : The M1 southbound between junctions J12 and J11 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1, 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 3 April 2017 to 8 April 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be three of four lanes closed.
Posted: March 27, 2017, 11:58 pm
Location : The M1 southbound between junctions J13 and J12 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1, 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 3 April 2017 to 8 April 2017. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: March 27, 2017, 11:58 pm
Location : The M1 northbound between junctions J10 and J11 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1, 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 3 April 2017 to 7 April 2017. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: March 27, 2017, 11:58 pm
Location : The M1 northbound between junctions J9 and J10 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1, 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 3 April 2017 to 7 April 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be three of four lanes closed.
Posted: March 27, 2017, 11:58 pm
Location : The M1 northbound between junctions J8 and J10 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1, 2, 3 and 4 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 28 March 2017 to 05:00 on 29 March 2017. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: March 27, 2017, 11:58 pm
Location : The M1 southbound between junctions J10 and J9 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1, 2, 3 and 4 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 28 March 2017 to 05:00 on 29 March 2017. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: March 27, 2017, 11:58 pm
Location : The M1 northbound between junctions J12 and J13 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1, 2 and 3 are closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 28 March 2017. Lanes Closed : All lanes are closed.
Posted: March 27, 2017, 10:22 pm
Location : The M1 northbound between junctions J11 and J12 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1, 2 and 3 are closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 28 March 2017. Lanes Closed : All lanes are closed.
Posted: March 27, 2017, 10:22 pm
Location : The M1 northbound between junctions J11 and J12 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1, 2 and 3 are closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 28 March 2017. Lanes Closed : There are three of four lanes closed.
Posted: March 27, 2017, 10:22 pm
Location : The M1 northbound between junctions J11 and J12 . Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 are closed. Reason : Road repairs. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 05:00 on 28 March 2017. Lanes Closed : There are two of three lanes closed.
Posted: March 27, 2017, 10:22 pm
Location : The M1 northbound at junction J11 . Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 are closed. Reason : Road repairs. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 05:00 on 28 March 2017. Lanes Closed : There are two of four lanes closed.
Posted: March 27, 2017, 10:22 pm
Location : The M1 northbound between junctions J10 and J11 . Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 are closed. Reason : Road repairs. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 05:00 on 28 March 2017. Lanes Closed : There are two of three lanes closed.
Posted: March 27, 2017, 10:22 pm
Location : The M1 northbound between junctions J13 and J15 . Lane Closures : Lane one is closed. Reason : Road repairs. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 28 March 2017. Lanes Closed : There is one of three lanes closed.
Posted: March 27, 2017, 9:01 pm
Location : The M1 northbound at junction J11 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder, lanes 1 and 3 are closed. Reason : Road repairs. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 05:00 on 28 April 2017. Lanes Closed : There are two of four lanes closed.
Posted: March 26, 2017, 6:31 pm
Location : The M1 northbound between junctions J10 and J12 . Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 17:22 on 26 January 2017 to 05:00 on 28 April 2017.
Posted: March 26, 2017, 6:28 pm
Location : The M1 southbound between junctions J13 and J11 . Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 17:25 on 26 January 2017 to 05:00 on 28 April 2017.
Posted: March 26, 2017, 6:27 pm
Location : The A5 southbound between the A421 and the junction with the A4146 North. Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadside drains works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 05:00 from 30 March 2017 to 1 April 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: March 25, 2017, 5:08 pm
Location : The M1 northbound between junctions J12 and J13 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 30 March 2017 to 05:00 on 31 March 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: March 25, 2017, 5:08 pm

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