About our Arlesey relief road and gateway bridge project
We're creating the infrastructure to support the planned housing development at Chase Farm. This includes suitable local road improvements as we build for the future.
A key element is the Arlesey Relief Road. The first phase of this new road is a 1.4km eastern section between the A507 and the High Street. Site preparations are about to begin, in readiness for construction work starting in spring 2022. The scheme will take about 18 months to complete.
Maps of the project
Benefits to residents
The road will have significant benefits for residents. It will move through traffic from the busy High Street onto the new road. This will help to ease congestion in a notorious bottleneck and reduce journey times for road users heading to the A507 as part of their commute or road trip.
A new signalised junction will be created where the road connects to the High Street.
Where the road connects to the A507, a new roundabout will be built.
Supporting new development
The road is also the crucial first part of the infrastructure needed for lots of new development in the area.
It will offer access to council-owned land known as Chase Farm which will bring forward 950 new homes, community facilities and commercial development.
Outline planning permission has been secured for Chase Farm. As part of the planning consent, traffic calming improvements will be made to the High Street to improve traffic flows and road safety.
Archaeological works are complete for the first phase of 200 homes. These investigations are a planning requirement and will enable this parcel of land to come to the market for sale in the coming months. Once these homes are built, they will take access from Stotfold Road.
As part of the comprehensive scheme, there will be cycleways and footways alongside the carriageway and a new foot, cycle and equestrian bridge over the busy A507. This supports our commitment to encouraging active and sustainable travel. It will connect Arlesey with Etonbury Woods and beyond
Safe route links
This new bridge will provide a safe route linking the developments to the local schools and the popular Etonbury Woods. The bridge will include a wonderful, tree canopy height, viewing platform for people to enjoy the wildlife from a whole new perspective.
We are working closely with our scheme designer Jacobs and the main contractor is Sisk.