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M1/A5 link road, St Albans

Event organised by ICE

26 January 2017

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The talk will comprise:

  • A brief introduction on why the project was needed
  • Important features of the work undertaken
  • Any lessons learnt

History of the A5-M1 Link (Dunstable Northern Bypass) scheme

The scheme was needed as this section of the route often experienced traffic congestion. Other local routes also carried significant amounts of traffic, including the A5120 passing through Houghton Regis and Toddington to junction 12 and the A505 linking Dunstable and Luton town centres via junction 11.

Initiatives regarding Health and Safety

Mission Room

The Project Team has procured technology that brings the workplace into the office, giving everyone the same big picture and giving safe and instant access to complex and hazardous sites.

  • Safety Improvements – The Mission Room captures 360° views of the working environment which enables a reduction in unnecessary site visits. It provides instant access to immersive site content and will be used to reduce exposure to hazards.
  • Training – Used in site inductions – workers placed in the middle of a “real” site without the logistical and safety problems involved in a workplace visit. Makes training more interesting and encourages greater engagement.

Scheme’s contribution to local development

  • reduction in journey times and improvement to journey time reliability for long distance traffic
  • relieve Dunstable of significant congestion and through traffic on the A5
  • reduction in traffic travelling to junctions 11 and 12 from the local road network in Dunstable, Houghton Regis and surrounding areas
  • boost to economic growth by investing in roads to relieve congestion and improve road safety
  • provision of link between the M1 and the A5 that is critical to help economic development and jobs growth in the Central Bedfordshire area
  • unlocking the development of 7,000 houses and 40 hectares of employment land – potentially providing 4,000 jobs at Houghton Regis, whilst also improving safety on the existing A5 and local roads


For more information please contact:

Nadia Waleed
e: [email protected]

For more information please contact:

Heather Bell