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Planning permission granted for £8.8million regeneration of Bedford Bus Station

First published - 26th June 2013


An £8.8million major regeneration of the Bedford Bus Station area has taken an important step forward after planning permission was granted on Monday night.


Bedford Bus Station is a vital gateway to the town centre and has been in need of major improvements for decades. The planning consent granted by Bedford Borough Council’s Planning Committee enables the Council to start the tendering process with a projected start on site programmed for early 2014.


The application was designed in partnership with bus station owners Stagecoach. The proposal includes an attractive new bus station building, with much improved facilities for passengers, a new Travel and Tourism Centre, offering bus and train tickets as well as a range of other services.


Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson, said: “Bedford Bus Station has for many years let our town centre down and is one of the most common topics residents raise with me as I talk to people across the Borough.  We have therefore been determined to make the new bus station and other improvements happen in defiance of the economic climate, and are pleased to have both funding and now the final planning consent in place.


“This is a major project for our town centre which will create a brand new bus station building, vastly improved public toilets, new shopfronts, refurbished multi-storey car park and a new surface car park on Greyfriars.


“We will now move forward with this project to deliver a gateway to Bedford town centre that the Borough deserves and that local residents can actually take pride in.”

The planning consent granted on Monday night is an important step forward in the plans to regenerate Bedford Bus Station. The £8.8 million major regeneration project also includes:

• Refurbishment of Allhallows multi-storey car park. Includes major modernisation of the public toilets with improved disabled and baby change facilities.
• New shopfronts, including new windows and doors which will improve the appearance and disabled access to shops in Greenhill Street, below the car park.
• Construction of new surface car park on Greyfriars
• Improvements on the north side of the bus station area, in front of the car park, with new paving, seating and other features.


As planning permission has now been granted, the Council can invite tenders for the new bus station building. Refurbishment of the Allhallows car park and toilets are currently ongoing with an anticipated start for the new bus station building early next year


Artists impression of plans for Bedford bus station from the south - from Thurlow Street facing across to Allhallows multi-storey car park:


Bedford bus station plans submitted











Artists impression of plans for Bedford Bus Station - rear of bus station at the corner of Thurlow Street and Allhallows


Bedford bus station artists impression


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