The project is to build a new 2.8-mile, two-lane dual carriageway and three new junctions to improve journeys for long-distance traffic travelling through Dunstable.

This will include a roundabout with the A5 at the western end of the link road, a second one at the intersection with the A5120 Bedford Road and a new interchange with the M1 motorway to be named Junction 11A at the eastern end of the link road.

The road scheme also includes an overbridge on Sundon Road, B579 Luton Road and the construction of four bridges passing over the A5-M1 Link.

Road Closures
The first closure is on Sundon Road, for three nights commencing Thursday 17 September between the hours 8pm-6am.

The second closure is on Luton road for three nights commencing Friday 25 September between the hours of 8pm-6am .

When Luton road reopens on Monday 28 September at 6am a new road layout will be in place.

Progress to date:
• Traffic Management installed to M1 - centre pier piled. Work to Base & columns started.
• Work commenced on 4 new slip roads on M1.
• Traffic Management  to A5 to install Gabion Wall to West Verge.
• Bulk Cut earthworks 65% complete.
• Installed 7.5km of boundary fencing
• Installed 8km of ditches - pre earth works drainage
• Completed 70% of the schemes piped culverts, linking to the ditches
• Blacktop laid to Luton rd West local road. Tie in works planned for end of Sept.
• Luton rd East Kerbing in place, Blacktop to follow shortly.
• FRC Bases to both North & South abutments on Sundon Rd Bridge.
• Main line drainage 40% complete.
• Box cut A5120 – A5 & roundabout works 40 % complete.
• 3 out of 7 balancing ponds excavated.
• Temporary NB M1 slip now open to construction traffic (Daytime)
Traffic management requirements:
To enable works to be carried out safely there will be a requirement for traffic management installation on M1, A5 and local roads:
M1 – Currently running as Phase 1-2 for centre reservation & verge works. Traffic will run in this configuration for 16 weeks then transit to verge only phase.
A5 - Traffic now running on hardened centre reserve whilst gabion wall is built in the West verge. On completion the traffic will be moved back to the new verge to allow roundabout tie in works.
Local Roads – localised traffic signalling site wide, there will be some overnight closures required to facilitate road crossing (dates tbc). Weekend closures will be booked to allow tie in works of the new roads & traffic switches. 
If you have any questions in relation to the scheme you can contact the project team by emailing

Footnote: The road opened for public use on 11/5/2017 see Facebook


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