Leighton Linslade Town Council, Central Bedfordshire councillors in the town and South West Bedfordshire MP Andrew Selous are pressing Central Bedfordshire Council and the housing developers to complete and open the Eastern distributor road as soon as possible and at the very latest before Easter next year.
Congestion remains a significant problem in the town and while enabling more people who are able to walk and cycle safely remains an important priority, it is also vital to make sure that we have the right roads in places to ease congestion in the town centre in particular. The Eastern distributor road will help many people who do not want to have to drive through the town centre to avoid it and this is vital to keep the traffic flowing. It is important that Taylor Wimpey, Barrett Homes and Arnold White complete the section 278 and section 38 legal requirements as quickly as possible to enable the Eastern distributor road to be completed and opened and it is vital that Central Bedfordshire Council continues to work at pace with the developers to make sure this happens.
Leader of the town council Steve Jones said “I welcome the news that the Eastern Relief Road is to be opened from Heath Road to Hockliffe Road by December this year with the final section from Hockliffe Road to Stanbridge Road due in early 2022. Whereas it will not be a total solution to the traffic problems in Leighton Buzzard it should go some way to relieving the Traffic pressure near the centre by giving an alternative route out to the A5.”
Andrew Selous MP said “I am acutely aware of how deeply frustrating it is to people to be stuck in traffic in the town and I know how difficult this makes life for many of our local businesses. While there is no one answer to this problem, the completion of the Eastern distributor road will definitely help and I want to see it open as soon as possible.”