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7 February 2012, 14:35 | Updated: 7 February 2012, 14:47
We could soon see a new A5:M1 link road as a public inquiry into the idea gets underway.
South West Bedfordshire MP Andrew Selous is welcoming the idea of the £150 million Dunstable Northern By-Pass.
Mr Selous said: "This is excellent news for the whole of our local area and is just the boost that local people and local businesses need.
"It is expected that the opening for this vital road for our area will create an extra 5,850 new jobs which will be extremely welcome.
"The reduction of congestion in Dunstable, Houghton Regis cannot come soon enough. Local villages will also benefit hugely from the reduction in rat running."