Prime Minister David Cameron has spoken of his frustration at being stuck in heavy traffic on the A5 through Dunstable.
And Mr Cameron said he agreed that the new A5-M1 link (Dunstable northern bypass) is essential for the health of the whole ecconomy of south Bedfordshire.
The area’s road congestion problems were voiced during Prime Minister’s questions in the House of Commons on Wednesday.
South West Beds MP Andrew Selous asked: “Does the Prime Minister agree that the building of vital roads, such as the A5-M1 link Dunstable northern bypass, will create even more jobs, and that continued infrastructure investment like that is a key part of our long-term economic plan?”
Mr Cameron replied: “I agree. I have spent some time in my Honourable Friend’s constituency, stuck on the A5, and I know how much that remedial work is needed.
“It is vital for that part of our country.
“We are investing more in our railways than at any time since Victorian times and more in our roads than at any time since the 1970s. That is key to the success of our long-term economic plan.”
The Secretary of State for Transport and the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government have confirmed that the necessary orders will be made so that work on the A5-M1 link can begin shortly.
Mr Selous told the Gazette: “This crucial bypass will hugely help the residents and businesses of Dunstable, Houghton Regis, Leighton Buzzard and many surrounding villages like Totternhoe and Kensworth.”
He added:“Just about everyone locally has been stuck in traffic in Dunstable, but people may not have realised that the Prime Minister has shared the same experience.
“It is brilliant news that the last hurdles have now been crossed so that work on this road, which we have been waiting 60 years or more for, can begin.”