Have your say on roads prioritised during extreme weather
9 August 2017
We're consulting on which roads we will prioritise in the event of extreme weather conditions.
Called the ‘Resilient Highways Network’, we've developed the list of proposed roads alongside other organisations in the Bedfordshire Local Resilience Forum, which includes the local emergency services, other neighbouring local authorities, the NHS, the Environment Agency and others who are all required to respond to any major emergency in Central Bedfordshire.
These roads typically lead to town centres, industrial estates and business parks, and allow access to key services such as schools, railway stations, food shops, petrol stations, hospitals, police, and fire services. The aim is to reduce the impact of any bad weather and allow residents, businesses and emergency services to get back to normal as quickly as possible. This list of roads needs to be reviewed at least every two years, or after an emergency event.
Councillor Dalgarno, our Executive Member for Community Services, said: “Local authorities can have an important role in helping communities prepare for climate change. Many road improvements require long-term planning, making it even more important for local authorities to start planning now for future climate change.
“When extreme weather such as floods, storms, ice, snow occur, the main concern for us is to keep key roads open. Our suggested routes have been chosen based on the highest volumes of traffic and the greatest risk of accidents occurring. We want those routes to cope with any extreme weather and climate change.”
We're seeking the views of residents; local town and parish councils; the local business community. The consultation runs until 30 October 2017.