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There is no pathway on this piece of road between the A6 and Silsoe

Reported via desktop in the Pavement and Cycle path category anonymously at 20:36, Sun 15 August 2021

Sent to Central Bedfordshire Council less than a minute later. Council ref: 360537.

This is a dangerous piece of road for pedestrians walking between Silsoe and Clophill. With all the new houses, a pathway would be a safe way for residents to use facilities in Clophill ie walking to the pubs, restaurants safely. A footpath and cycleway would make this piece of road so much safer, especially at night as the road is not lit either.

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  • Thank you for contacting us regarding footpaths in Silsoe.

    The Traffic Management team have considered your request for a new footpath in Silsoe and indicative costs of a footway are estimated to 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 a single 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 14:28, Mon 6 September 2021

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