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Rights of way

Temporary rights of way closures

Central Bedfordshire Rights of Way Officers Contact Map Dec 2018 (PDF 244.6KB)

Application form for temporary rights of way closures

Rights of way can be temporarily closed to safeguard users when there are works being carried out in the vicinity of the path or following surface damage. These orders can last for up to 6 months and may be extended further at the discretion of the Secretary of State. The links below contain information on how to apply for a temporary closure and the costs involved.

Apply for a temporary closure

You can apply online for a Temporary Closure Order. Please check the guidance notes (PDF 47KB) for details for charges.

If you are unable to apply online for a Temporary Closure Order, please download the application form to apply for a temporary closure order and once completed send to the relevant Rights of Way Officer (PDF 244.6KB) .

We need at least 6 weeks notice of the start date of the planned works. If the notice is shorter than that then the fees payable will rise. The path is closed under the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984.

The Temporary Closure Orders are advertised twice and site notices erected detailing the path to be closed and any alternative route. These notices must remain visible throughout the closure period.

Listed below are the current temporary rights of way closures. To view a map and the public notice for each closure, click on the relevant link.


A421 upgrade closures: Hulcote and Salford, Aspley Guise, Husborne Crawley

Temporary closure to enable dualling of the A421. The closures will remain in place until 1 March 2021 or the A421 dualling works are completed, which is expected to be by the end of 2020, whichever is the earliest.

Biggleswade Footpath Nos. 30, 33 and 36

Temporary closure to enable resurfacing works to be carried out. Closure expected to take place between 5 and 31 October.

Biggleswade Footpath No. 30

Closure of Footpath No. 30. Closure required to enable construction works to take place. Closure extended until 22 January 2021.

Biggleswade Footpath No. 33

Closure of Footpath No. 33. Closure required as footpath remains impassable due to development work. Closure ends 29 January 2021.

Chalton Footpaths Nos. 8 and 24

Closure of footpaths to allow construction of flood storage area. Closure ends 14 February 2021.

Edworth Byway Open to all Traffic No. 9 and Dunton Byway Open to all Traffic No. 18

Seasonal restriction on BOAT. From 1 October and 30 April inclusive each year. Please note that the Byway may be closed due to inclement weather from time to time.

Eggington Footpath No. 1

Closure to enable infrastructure works to be carried out safely. Closure ends 1 October 2021.

Flitwick Footpath No. 15

Temporary closure to enable a new bridge to be installed. Closure expected to take place from 23 November for up to 3 weeks.

Houghton Regis Footpaths Nos. 5, 23 and Bridleway 44

Closure to enable construction works to be carried out in safety. Closure ends 23 March 2021.

Houghton Regis Footpaths Nos. 28, 26 and 30

Closure to enable construction works to be carried out in safety. Closure ends 1 April 2022.

Houghton Regis Footpaths Nos. 40, A7, 57, 16, 4, 11 and 13

Closure to enable construction works to be carried out in safety. Closure ends 15 March 2022.

Hyde Footpath No. 4 (including cycle track)

Closure to enable construction works to be carried out in safety. Closure ends 21 December 2020.

Leighton Buzzard Footpath No. 68

Closure to enable an assessment of the bridge to understand what repairs are needed. Closure ends 30 January 2021.

Maulden Footpath No. 12

Closure to enable safe work on path. Closure ends 6 March 2021.

Northill Footpath No. 5 and Old Warden Bridleways Nos. 14 and 21

Closure to support Shuttleworth drive-in air show, 2020. Closures end 19 October 2020.

Old Warden Bridleway No. 22

Closure to enable ongoing restoration works to be carried out in safety. Closure ends 21 December 2020.

Potton Footpath No. 4

Closure of footpath to allow construction access. Closure ends 11 March 2022.

Potton Footpath No. 12

Closure to enable quarry works. Closure ends 3 May 2022.

Stotfold Footpath No. 7

Closure to enable development works. Closure ends 16 March 2021.