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Construction work on the M1
All change at 10A?
A public consultation is to be held about plans to improve Junction 10A of the M1. What do you think?
Junction 10A of the M1 has been causing a problem for commuters in the area, with traffic becoming very congested at peak times, particularly since many other road improvements in the area have taken place.
The junction is not actually a motorway junction, but the roundabout near Capability Green and Stockwood Park in Luton, at the end of the spur road that leads from the motorway.
It’s the main road up to the airport, and improvements are not only needed to ease the current problems but also to deal with the predicted growth of traffic both to the airport and to the many new developments taking place in the Eastern side of Luton.
Keith Dove, Transportation Strategy Manager at Luton Borough Council, explained what the problem was:
“There’s quite a lot of congestion now” he said, “particularly since the new road opened up to the airport and also the improvements to Junction 10 on the motorway.
“We’ve had some consultants who have been looking at alternatives there which included putting traffic signals there and taking the roundabout out, or signalising the existing roundabout, or separation, which is basically where London Road would either go over or under Airport Way and the M1 spur and its slip roads, to connect the two.”
He went onto explain how there were two options being taken to consultation.
“One of those uses the existing bridge at Newlands Road which goes underneath the Motorway spur about halfway along” he said, “and the other one involves the construction of a new bridge, probably about halfway between the roundabout and Newlands Road.”
Luton Borough Council and design consultants Scott Wilson will be presenting proposals at an exhibition at the Stockwood Discovery Centre on:
Thursday 16 July (2:00pm-8:00pm),
Friday 17 July (10:00am-8:00pm), and
Saturday 18 July (10:00am-4:00pm).
The exhibition will provide a chance for residents, land owners, businesses and road users to comment and provide feedback directly to staff.
However, a questionnaire and leaflet containing detailed information about the proposals has also been placed at key locations including Luton railway station, Luton Airport Parkway station, the Town Hall and the Mall.
The deadline for completed questionnaires is Tuesday 1 September 2009.
last updated: 09/07/2009 at 15:01
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