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Dunstable Northern Bypass public inquiry set for February

A public inquiry into Dunstable Northern Bypass will be re-started in February as the government continues to set a 2014 start date for the scheme.

The A5-M1 link road, estimated by the Highways Agency to cost up to £212 million, has been beset by delays since the plans were first published in December 2009.

The scheme was due to go to public enquiry in June 2010 but was then scrapped as part of the government’s comprehensive spending review in October 2010.

However the scheme has been backed with a proposed £50m local contribution with £45m coming from developers Lands Improvement Holdings and Friends Life Company as well as Central Bedfordshire Council’s previous commitment to allocate £5m in Growth Area Funding.

The decision to re-start the inquiry was announced in September 2011 after the £45m private sector investment was secured for the new 2.9 mile dual carriageway running east from the A5 north of Dunstable to the M1 motorway at a new junction (J11a).

The scheme was one of 72 projects presented to government by the construction industry prior to the autumn statement that it wishes to see unlocked.

The public enquiry will open on 7 February 2012. It will be held at Superdrug Stores Plc, Distribution Centre, Unit 1, Prologis Park, Arenson Way, Dunstable, LU5 4RZ, starting at 10 am.

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