Rights of way

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.

If you are unable to apply online for a Temporary Closure Order, please download the application form (PDF) to apply for a temporary closure order and once completed send it to rightsofwaytemporaryclosures@centralbedfordshire.gov.uk.

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 are 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 (PDF) and the public notice (PDF) for each closure, click on the relevant link.

Closures

Biggleswade Part of Bridleway No. 22 and Footpath No. 65

Temporary closure to safely enable the construction of a new footpath with rights to cycle for the Biggleswade Green Wheel. The closures are expected to take place from 4 January to 3 July 2024.

Biggleswade Part of Footpath No. 24

Closure of Part of Footpath No. 24. Closure is required to enable construction works to take place. Closure until 6 July 2024.

Biggleswade Part of Footpath No. 24

Temporary closure required to enable building and earthworks to safely take place. Closure ends 22 April 2025.

Biggleswade Part of Bridleway No. 58

Temporary closure required to enable construction works to safely take place. Closure ends 4 September 2024.

Caddington Part of Bridleway No. 4

Temporary closure required to enable safe construction and work movements. Closure ends 31 July 2025.

Caddington Footpath No. A8

Temporary closure due to the footpath being unsafe for pedestrians. Closure ends 26 July 2024.

Caddington Footpath Nos. A12, 10, 12 and 11 and Dunstable Footpath Nos. 19 and 21

Temporary closure is required to safely enable overhead line works to take place. Closure ends 24 December 2024.

Temporary closure: Campton and Chicksands Footpath No. CA3

Temporary closure is required whilst a failing bridge is made safe. Closure ends 19 November 2024.

Chalgrave Part of Footpath No. 45

Temporary closure to enable bridge replacement works. Closure ends 11 October 2024.

Chalton Footpath Nos 1, 2 and Part of Bridleway No 2

Temporary closure required to enable path repair works to take place. Closure ends 1 September 2024.

Dunton Part of Footpath No A5

Temporary closure to enable repair works to take place to two bridges. The closure ends 28 June 2024.

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 Nos. 64 and 1

Temporary closures required due to poor surface conditions. Closure ends 19 March 2025.

Harlington Footpath Nos. 4 and 23

Temporary closure to enable construction works. Closure ends 26 March 2025.

Haynes part of Bridleway No.17

Closure is required to make safe the brick culvert on which part of the bridleway runs. Closure ends 17 October 2024.

Houghton Regis Footpath No. 11 and Parts of Footpath Nos. 13, 16, 40 and A7

Temporary closure to enable development works to take place. Closure ends 6 June 2024.

Houghton Regis Part of Bridleway No. 22

Temporary closure is required to enable construction works to safely take place. Closure ends 15 December 2024.

Houghton Regis Footpath No. 23 and Part of Bridleway No. 44

Temporary closure is required to safely enable overhead line works to take place. Closure ends 24 December 2024.

Kensworth Part of Footpath No. 7

Emergency closure is required as the path edge has become unstable. Closure ends 28 June 2024 and is likely to be continued for up to 6 months.

Leighton Buzzard Footpath No. 68

Closure due to it being a dangerous location for the public as there is no footbridge. Closure ends 31 July 2024.

Maulden Part of Footpath No. 12

Closure is required due to the footpath being unsafe due to slurry issues. Closure ends 5 March 2025.

Northill Bridleway No. 6 and Footpath Nos. 5 and 22, Old Warden Bridleway Nos. 14 and 21 and Southill Bridleway No. 3

Temporary closure required to enable the Shuttleworth Air Shows to take place in safety. Order in place from 12 May 2024 until 6 October 2024.

Northill Part of Footpath No. 17

Temporary closure required to safely enable asbestos investigations regarding the adjacent bund to take place. The closure is expected to take place from 22 December 2023 to 21 June 2024.

Potton Footpath No. 12

Temporary closure to enable quarry works. Closure ends 3 May 2025.

Pulloxhill Part of Footpath No. 12

Temporary closure is required as there is a broken bridge at OS GR TL 0702 3342. Closure ends 26 August 2024.

Ridgmont Bridleway No. 4 and Footpath No. 13

Temporary closure required as there is a missing bridge. Closure ends 28 July 2024.

Sandy Bridleway No. 20

Temporary closure to enable the Sandy Pavilion construction project. Closure ends 1 November 2024.

Shefford Footpath No. 4

Temporary closure required for the removal of a tree that poses a health and safety risk to the public. The closure is expected to be in place from 26 January to 25 July 2024 or until the tree has been removed.

Stondon Footpath No. 5

Temporary closure to enable path construction works to take place. The closure is expected to take place from 8 to 26 January 2024. Closure ends 7 July 2024.

Stotfold Footpath No. 7

Closure of Footpath No. 7. Closure is required to enable Construction Works. Closure until 5 September 2024.

Westoning Part of Footpath No. 9 and Toddington Footpath No. 36

Temporary closure to enable bridge replacement works. Closure ends 12 October 2024.

Westoning Byway Open to All Traffic No. 23 and Harlington Byway Open to All Traffic No. 28

Temporary closure to mechanically propelled vehicles and horse drawn carriages, required to prevent severe damage to the surface of the lane. Order in place from 22 April 2024 for up to six months or until the ground conditions improve.

Woburn Part of Footpath No. 21 and Footpath No. 17/21

Temporary closure required as there is a missing bridge. Closure ends 24 July 2024.