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Footpath Required

Reported via iOS in the Pavement and Cycle path category anonymously at 18:27, Mon 28 June 2021

Sent to Central Bedfordshire Council less than a minute later. Council ref: 358507.

Footpath required for Astwick Road.

Increased footfall on busy road due to nursery and other businesses at end of road. Also increase of use of green wheel and this is part of route.

Road is busy with construction traffic due to new houses and traffic regularly travels along road at 60mph

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  • Thank you for contacting us regarding Astwick Road in Stotfold.

    The Traffic Management team have considered your request for a new footpath along Astwick Road. When decisions are made on how funding is spent to improve our road network, the most serious issues and safety concerns are prioritised. It is important that this decision-making process is validated with fact-based information and that we focus on areas where there is a documented collision history, supported with speed/traffic data when necessary. We have undertaken an assessment to determine the indicative costs of a footway and it is estimated that construction costs would start at approximately £500,000, although Statutory Utility diversions are likely to cost significantly more than we have estimated and we have not included new street lighting in our estimate, therefore fully costed works could be closer to £1 million. To provide some context, the Traffic Management team capital budget is approximately £1 million per annum. With this budget we have to deliver the schemes included within our approved Annual Plan. Our existing built environment has developed over many years and has been designed to differing standards to those expected today. We are committed to creating an inclusive pedestrian environment and any new development proposals are designed to ensure suitable pedestrian / cyclist provision and improved access for disabled people. Unfortunately, the cost of trying to bring the whole environment up to these standards is well beyond the level of current public investment. With the limited funds that are available for our road improvement schemes it would not be reasonable or proportionate to spend between £500,000 - £1 million for one scheme, therefore we will not be able to provide a footpath at the location requested

    State changed to: No further action

    Posted by Central Bedfordshire Council at 14:57, Tue 6 July 2021

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