A new A5/M1 road link in Bedfordshire has received a boost after £5m was allocated to fund the scheme to a public inquiry stage.
Central Bedfordshire Council has approved this Growth Area Funding which will go to the Highways Agency.
The A5/M1 link would relieve a huge amount of traffic from Dunstable, a council spokesman said.
"It would also provide 40 hectares (98 acres) of employment development land at a new strategic location," he said.
The government announced in October that plans for the bypass would go ahead but a date for construction to begin is yet to be determined.
Tom Nicols, portfolio holder for sustainable development, said: "This scheme is essential in helping us reduce congestion around Dunstable and Houghton Regis while also attracting more businesses to the area.
"It is also critical in helping to deliver new housing and employment development being planned.
"The A5/M1 link road is essential to move heavy goods vehicles away from our towns and villages and provides the opportunity for real enhancement to the environment of Dunstable Town Centre."