Council and BedfordBID announce parking incentives to boost Christmas trade
Bedford Borough Council and BedfordBID are delighted to announce
a range of parking initiatives to boost Bedford town centre in the
run up to Christmas.
As businesses in Bedford gear up for their busiest time of the
year, the Council and BedfordBID are working together to encourage
even more people to shop in Bedford and create a vibrant town
centre this Christmas.
• Late-night Christmas
shopping starts on Wednesday 30th November, with town centre parks
open until 9pm every Wednesday evening.
• A week of late night
shopping then follows from 19th December with town centre car parks
opening for longer to help last minute shoppers.
• Bars and
restaurants in the town centre will also get a boost as Lurke
Street car park will open until 2am, 7 days a week from Thursday
1st December (excluding Christmas Day).
• Queen Street car park
will also be open between 9am-6pm on Sunday 4th, 11th and 18th
Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson, said: “We know Christmas is
a vitally important time for Bedford businesses and that is why we
are working with BedfordBID on this broad range of initiatives to
boost trade in the town centre during this busy period.
“We have frozen car park charges for two years and I am pleased to
announce extended opening hours at our town centre car parks with
Lurke Street car park open until 2am, 7 days a week from Thursday
1st December, excluding Christmas Day. I hope that this will
encourage more people into the town centre for shopping as well as
enjoying the excellent evening entertainment which is also on
“However, extending the opening hours of our car parks is just one
part of efforts to boost Bedford during the Christmas period. The
Christmas Lights switch on takes place on the 29th November and the
popular Victorian Christmas Fair returns on 9th, 10th and 11th of
“We believe Christmas in Bedford town centre will be a brilliant
festive period for residents and businesses alike.”
Christina Rowe, Director of BedfordBID, said: "All multi-storey
car parks will be open until 9pm to fit with Late Night Christmas
shopping on Wednesdays and again every evening during the week of
December 19th for those who like to leave their shopping later.
“BedfordBID will be promoting these extra boosts for local
businesses in shops and bars and in the car parks themselves while
retailers will also be making their own announcements too.
“We are also working with the Council and local businesses to make
a big splash when the St Mary’s Street repair works finish and I am
sure these incentives to encourage people into the town centre will
help to kick-start a bustling town-centre at Christmas.”