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M1-A6 business case approved

Wednesday, 28 April 2021

The business case to access funding which will support the construction of the M1-A6 link road has been approved for submission to the Department for Transport by our Executive.

The M1-A6 link road, which is forecast to cost £61.5 million, £32.75 million of which has been secured by us from the Department of Transport, is a new strategic road that will create a northern Luton bypass running from the A6 road to junction 11a of the M1, connecting with the A5-M1 link road.

The new M1-A6 link road will be 2.75 miles (4.4km) long and includes a dual carriageway to a new planned rail freight interchange at Sundon Park, and then a single carriageway connecting to the A6. The link road will facilitate growth within the Local Plan that will bring with it opportunities for employment, leisure activities and housing.

Councillor Kevin Collins, our Executive Member for Planning and Regeneration, said:

The M1-A6 link road will improve access to Houghton Regis, Leighton Linslade, Dunstable and Luton Airport, make the region attractive for businesses, and ease congestion in Luton as well as traffic in local villages.

The new road will facilitate the delivery of up for 3,600 new homes and 40 hectares of warehousing and distribution. The rail freight interchange at Sundon will also help transfer goods to/from the M1 to the Midland Mainline and beyond.

Find out more about the A6-M1 link road.