Going down the road of transport investment


Pedestrians, cyclists, and motorists in Leighton-Linslade and surrounding villages are to benefit from a major investment into transport schemes.

Almost £800,000 is to be spent on projects to improve roads, cycle paths, pedestrian crossings and public transport, following the decision by the Central Beds 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 cycle improvement schemes such as a shared use path on Grovebury Road in Leighton and Linslade.

There will also be a shared use path on Clipstone Brook and improved links between Pages Park and Sandhills Estate.

Those measures total £120,000 from a £200,340 outlay for the town. The rest of the cash is for environmental improvements to Leighton’s town centre.

Heath and Reach gets improved bus stops, signage for a village cycle network., while a school safety zone will be introduced at Stanbridge Lower School.

There will also be speed limit amendments on Hockliffe Road in Woburn,

Central Beds Council say 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.

Councillor 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.”