Council Completes Essential Road Repairs During Lockdown Traffic Lull

Central Bedfordshire Council has been revamping roads across Central Bedfordshire while traffic levels are low during the coronavirus lockdown.

Their highways teams have taken advantage of the quieter roads and since the start of the lockdown has fixed more than 600 repairs including potholes, streetlights and road signs as well as eight re-surfacing schemes.

Work has also been progressing on the A421 Dualling Scheme, with over 80% of the carriageway works now completed, and on track for completion before the winter.

The Highways team has been using their Super-Vac machine, clearing out drains more efficiently than ever before, unblocking nearly 2,000 gullies.

Work is still underway on a number of lining schemes and traffic calming measures.

The team maintain around the clock response for any highway’s emergency across the Central Bedfordshire's 850-mile road network together with a large footpath network and public rights of way.

Councillor Ian Dalgarno, Central Bedfordshire Council’s Executive Member for Community Services, said: “Right now our highways teams are working hard to ensure that our key workers can get to work safely, and medicine, equipment and deliveries can get to where it is needed most.

“While roads are quieter, we’ve been prioritising essential repairs, such as potholes, lampposts and pavement defects, to ensure that the county’s roads remain safe and serviceable.

“There's been a huge amount achieved already, with much more to come, as we have been continuing to plan a programme for the full year ahead.”

Residents can report any issues on Central Bedfordshire roads on the council's website: www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/reportit.


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