The Baroness performed a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the completion of engineering works on the new link road, which runs from the junction of Old Bedford and Hucklesby Way to St Mary’s roundabout, and finally completes Luton’s inner ring road after a wait of more than 40 years.
Baroness Kramer said: “The £16 million we have provided for the inner ring road will help make a real difference to Luton. This new scheme will drive down congestion in the town centre and boost the local economy.”
He said: “Today represents another landmark moment in the regeneration of Luton town centre. Not only does this scheme provide additional vehicle capacity but it will also remove through-traffic from Guildford Street and make the town centre more attractive for pedestrians and cyclists.
“It delivers major benefits for Luton’s retail sector and greatly improves prospects for delivery of major regeneration projects including mixed-use developments at Power Court and High Town Village and extensions to The Mall shopping centre.
At the heart of the project, which began last July, a new two-way, single-carriageway link road has been built between Midland Road and the railway line, and passes under the station multi-storey car park.
The completed inner ring road then continues into Crescent Road to another signal-controlled junction with Crawley Green Road, and from there the next section is dual carriageway as far as St Mary’s roundabout.
Pictured: Baroness Kramer performs the official opening ceremony watched by (from left): Lord McKenzie; Colin Chick, the Council’s Corporate Director, Environment & Regeneration; Cllr Sian Timoney, Portfolio Holder for regeneration; Gavin Shuker, Luton South MP; Mayor of Luton Cllr Mohammed Farooq; Cllr Dave Taylor, Portfolio Holder for environment; Lord Hussain; and Peter Hyde, Managing Director, Volker Highways.