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A5 upgrade increases congestion says NAO

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TRAFFIC IMPROVEMENTS on the A5 in Dunstable, introduced by the Highways Agency, were condemned by the National Audit Office last week.

It said the project had made roads busier and more congested.

'The Dunstable A5 queue relocation scheme was designed to improve the flow of traffic, reduce queues, improve safety, reduce accidents and lessen noise and pollution? The scheme has resulted in busier roads and longer waits at pedestrian crossings, ' says the report.

Furthermore the scheme cost £600,000 more than the budgeted £1.4M.

The A5 mprovement cheme was supposed to be a short term solution to reduce congestion and accidents following the postponement of a new bypass.

The Agency aimed to do this by replacing roundabouts with signalised junctions and linking all traffic signals along the A5 to a central management system.

But the public spending watchdog found that not all of the pedestrian crossings along the route were connected to the new traffic signals, interrupting the free ow of traffic.

The Agency agreed that the scheme did not deliver all of the expected benefits. But it said that it believes it has reduced gridlock in the town centre.

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