Woodside Connection Gets Approval

Approval for a new road known locally as the "Woodside Connection" has been given. This will be a 3.3km road running north east from the junction of Park Road North, Poynters Road and Porz Avenue in Houghton Regis to the proposed M1 Junction 11A which will be constructed as part of the A5-M1 Link Road.

Work on the road could start as early as May 2014, with completion expected in June 2017. The indication from the road's promoters, Central Bedfordshire Council, are that building would commence at the northern end.

The estimated total scheme cost is £38m, with the DfT contributing £5m. 

The original proposal included:

  • 3.3km of new road, some single carriageway and some dual carriageway,
  • linking Dunstable and Houghton Regis to the M1
  • Signal controlled crossings to aid walking and cycling
  • Improved junction at Poynters Road, Park Road North and Porz Avenue
  • A short diversion of Houghton Brook, along with measures to make flooding in the area less likely in future
  • Creation of more usable public open space
The Houghton Regis Town Council have already objected to any connection of major roads to Sundon Road, and support residents local to the old bus link, in what they want in terms of connecting or not connecting Parkside Drive to the Woodside Connection. More public consultation will follow before final decisions are made.

A number of other road schemes have been approved in other parts of the country. View all schemes approved at

Follow this link to learn more about the Woodside Connection.
The red line indicates the potential route of the Woodside Connection