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Information has been received this afternoon that indicates some interim road improvements at High Street and Bedford Road junction, as well as other parts of the   road scheme. This follows several weeks of letters initiated by Liberal Democrat Central Bedfordshire Councillors for Houghton Regis following concerns over road safety.

A young man is known to have been knocked down, and emergency services attended, shortly after the scheme was introduced.

A significant contribution to effecting change, was the passing back to Bedfordshire Highways, of comments made by members of the public on this Facebook Page.

Cllr Alan Winter, Houghton Regis Town Council's Highways rep, "At the present time, the scheme is only partially implemented, and works are due to restart in the new year. Nevertheless, aspects of safety have been been reconsidered by the highways professionals, and there are promises that before Christmas, these improvements will be made. As I understand it, the crossing will be moved about 4 metres further down Bedford Road, and the roundabout will be realigned."

"Motorists can expect some delay when this work is being done, - sorry - but I do ask that they consider the value of acting before a life is lost on that crossing. I'd like to thank all my councillor colleagues that have helped by using their various contacts to help bring some sense of road safety back to the situation. Thank you Facebookers for your great anecdotes!"


  1. I had an interesting conversation with an officer at CBC this afternoon.
    On "costs" bear in mind that Morrisons are apparently willingly paying for these works and any changes.
    "Other parts of the road scheme" in my note above, does include additional temporary speed cushions in the centre of the road, as well as road narrowing via white lines; this I am told will improve safety, and cut down the weaving you mention.
    On "why not do it all straight away" note that Morrisons missed the original spring 2012 start for the road scheme; the special road surface that was to have been added needs a warmer temperature than we currently have, hence the temporary situation we now find ourselves with, waiting for a time yet to be determined when it can be done. The speed cushions would not have been required if the full scheme had started to be implemented on schedule in the first place. The full scheme will include raised tables at junctions, so there will be bumps to slow vehicles, but not speed cushions.
    On the "belisha beacons being too dim", this is because they are solar powered; they weren't supposed to be solar powered, but electrically powered. They couldn't be electrically powered because a delay would have ensued organising electric works before the intended store opening date. This partly explains why there is a generator and floodlighting being cast over the crossing to brighten up the scene. The belisha beacons are temporary. When the scheme is completed there will be new belisha beacons, fully lit, including the poles.
    On "why was the crossing in Bedford Road put where it was", I'm getting a mixed response including the citing of Safety Audits not being fully completed before implementation. I want my CBC councillor colleagues to dig into this aspect.
    On the "we need a central reservation" on the crossing, I agree with you. The professionals seem to have a different collective opinion. Personally, I'd like them to change that opinion.
    We discussed other aspects of the scheme, but I'd rather not get into them on here, at least for the time being. Thanks for your interest.


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