Central Bedfordshire Council news and press releases

Important road safety scheme is set to start

Tuesday, 20 September 2022

New road safety measures are being introduced along the A507 between Clophill and Chicksands.

We'll start work this evening (Tuesday 20 September) on a series of improvements designed to encourage motorists to go at appropriate speeds and prevent further incidents on this stretch of road.

The speed limit is being reduced from 60mph to 50mph and at the Eagle Bends the speed limit will be cut from 50mph to 40mph.

In addition to the lowered speed limit, the improvements will include more and clearer 'Slow' and 'Think Bike' signs and upgraded road lining to promote safer driving. Enhanced rumble strips on the road surface will help motorists to maintain their position and drive on the correct side of the road. New bollards on the verges to highlight the junctions and access points also feature in the measures which are designed to encourage people to drive and cycle responsibly and appropriately along this section of the A507 that has seen numerous serious road incidents in recent years.

Councillor Ian Dalgarno, our Executive Member for Community Services, said:

These reduced speed limits and complementary safety measures and features should improve road safety along this stretch of the A507. It's an important road safety scheme and we ask road users to bear with us while we carry out the work.

Road safety is a priority and we continue to urge motorists to take care of themselves and others, drive responsibly and appropriate to the prevailing conditions and adhere to the rules of the road at all times.

The work will start on Tuesday evening 20 September and requires a night-time closure from 8pm to 6am. This night-time closure will be in place until Wednesday 28 September with a signposted diversion available for road users. Full details are on one.network.

An updated Highway Code was published earlier this year. People can familiarise themselves with the new rules at Highway Code.