Construction of a new junction on the M1 near Dunstable in Bedfordshire will start next Wednesday (17 June).
The new junction – junction 11A – will be located just to the south of Toddington services and is part of a new £161m link road between the A5 and the M1 that will help to unlock growth and reduce congestion in the area.
Highways England project manager Karen Green said: “This junction is a vital part of this significant road improvement. The new link road will be a major new bypass for Dunstable, reducing congestion and improving safety on the A5, and reducing pressure on the A5 through Dunstable town centre. Work on the project is progressing well.”
Roads Minister Andrew Jones added: “As part of our long-term economic plan we’re committed to the biggest investment in roads in a generation.
“It’s vital we use our transport infrastructure to create jobs and make it easier for people to see their family and friends. The £2 billion we are investing in the East of England will ease congestion and make journeys quicker across the region, as well as creating an estimated 1,000 construction jobs.”
Once completed in spring 2017, the link road, a new 2.8 mile dual carriageway, will improve the east-west connection between the A5 and M1.