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Luton Northern Bypass

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M1 traffic jam

Information regarding the bypass to the north and east of Luton, linking the M1 motorway to the A6.

The Luton Northern Bypass is a feasibility study being promoted by a consortium of Luton Borough Council, Bedfordshire County Council, and the Government Office for the East of England.


A bypass, if required, could potentially perform three main functions:

  • be a key part of a route around the urban area
  • form a new link between the M1, A6 and, potentially, A505
  • be the main access to major new housing and employment sites located to the north of the M1 to A6 section of the new route

 Some of the key objectives of the bypass are to:

  • remove excessive traffic from the conurbation, and in particular from Luton town centre
  • take into account the need for development land in line with the Milton Keynes/South Midlands sub-regional strategy and advise on the implications for the development land
  • potentially provide good/improved access to and from development areas
  • limit environmental impact
  • design the route to ensure minimum traffic impact on the local road network
  • encourage modal shift through linkage to park and ride facilities and bus priority measures to improve public transport reliability and journey times in the urban area
  • improve access to and between public transport interchanges
  • address road safety problems by reducing congestion in urban areas and removing unnecessary traffic from rural roads
  • improve conditions for pedestrians, cyclists and horse riders by providing safe routes including crossings at junctions


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