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Road must be top priority

 The residents of Ampthill Road in Bedford are imploring the borough council to help them  because of their deteriorating quality of life.

 The traffic congestion along Ampthill Road is causing frustration for residents and visitors to  and from Bedford town centre.

 Increased stationary traffic contributes to pollution evidenced by the black exhaust grime on  windows along with noise from revving engines, but contrary to popular belief the long  queues are not caused by people visiting or exiting the Morrissons supermarket.

 It is quite clear that the traffic lights at Cow Bridge and those along Ampthill Road are  problematic, further exacerbated by the bus lane.

 One resident who has lived in the area for 30 years said, 'I want people to continue to visit  Bedford. The traffic management of this area needs to be looked at very seriously indeed'.

 The council is aware of the problem and there has been some tinkering with the phasing of  the traffic lights, but much more is needed to resolve these issues.

 In effect, as Cauldwell councillors, both Sue Oliver and I are calling on the Portfolio Holder for  Environment and Transport to ensure the gateway into Bedford -- i.e. Ampthill Road --  becomes a top priority for action.

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