Woodside Link road - route
The route for the new road is to the north and east of Houghton Regis. This is shown on the location plan on the Planning Inspectorate website. (link opens in new window) Other plans can also be viewed on the Planning Inspectorate website, under the Application tab (link opens in new window).
The 2.9km road will be a wide single carriageway, consisting of two 5m lanes, 1m hard strips and a footway / cycleway. Verges will be a minimum of 2.5m wide. The new road will connect into Highways England's proposed roundabout, which forms part of the M1 Junction 11a scheme. Links from the northern roundabout of the Woodside Link to the M1 Junction 11a and to Sundon Road will be dual-carriageway.
At the south-western end, the new road will connect into the existing road network at Poynters Road / Park Road North / Porz Avenue by a new improved four-arm roundabout to replace the existing junction. We will ensure full access to these roads at all times. As a result, direct access to Wheatfield Road will be removed from the roundabout and a new T-junction will be provided 250m to the north-east linking Wheatfield Road to the new Woodside Link road. The total length of the route will be about 3.3km, which includes 0.5km for the link to Sundon Road.
The height of embankments or depth of cuttings will be kept to a minimum, but as the area will be developed in the future, the level of the road relative to final ground level may be different. The proposed speed limit of the Woodside link road will generally be 40mph, with the exception of the link to the M1 Junction 11a, which will be 70mph. The proposed short link from Parkside Drive will commence from the end of the existing cul-de-sac, where the footpath/cycle route to Pastures Way starts. This will link to the Woodside Link at a T-junction.
Much of the road will need to be lit because of the number of junctions and pedestrian crossings. The lighting will use the latest technology to minimize light overspill. Crossing points will be provided where the road crosses existing public rights of way or other pedestrian/cycle routes; this will include signal controlled Toucan crossings.
When the Woodside Link road is open, a 7.5 tonne weight limit has been proposed for Toddington, Chalton and many local roads.