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Planning application submitted

First published - Wednesday 8th May 2013


Bedford’s decades-long wait for a new, improved bus station is nearly over, with a planning application for a major regeneration of the site now submitted. 


Mayor Dave Hodgson this week unveiled the plans, which are available below and will shortly be available to view at locations around Bedford town centre. 


Bedford Bus station is the gateway to Bedford town centre for many thousands of visitors but the area has long been considered an eyesore in severe need of improvement and regeneration.  Now, in spite of the extraordinarily tough financial climate for Bedford Borough Council, the authority has put together an £8.8 million fund through savings and efficiencies to ensure the development will take place.


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


Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson, said: “Bedford bus station area lets our town centre down and has been in sore need of improvement for decades.  I remember this being widely recognised decades ago, and it is a message that comes across loud and clear today when I talk to people right across the Borough. 


“The easy thing to do would be to simply wait for rosier economic times to come and enable the redevelopment to take place at some point in the future, after so many years of waiting. However, I want the very best for Bedford Borough and no-one can claim that the current bus station offers the best for local residents and visitors to our town.  That’s why we have worked to identify savings, underspends and efficiencies to make this crucial redevelopment possible, in defiance of the economic conditions.


“The regeneration of this area is already happening, with the refurbishment of Allhallows multi-storey car park underway and construction to begin shortly on the new surface car park across the road on Greyfriars.


“The planning application for the brand new bus station area marks a major milestone for this project, and I hope people will take the opportunity to look at the plans and take part in the consultation in the coming weeks as we work to deliver a gateway to Bedford Town Centre that we can all be proud of.” 


In addition to the new bus station and Travel and Tourism centre, the wider bus station regeneration 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.


Stagecoach East Managing Director, Andy Campbell, added: “We are delighted to be working with Bedford Borough Council on this project in the heart of Bedford town centre.


“The new bus station would significantly improve the facilities available for bus passengers with a new travel centre as well as a new building design which means passengers can walk from the concourse and onto a bus while staying under cover.


“If planning permission is granted, part of the bus station will continue to be operational during the construction works. However, there will be some changes and we will keep passengers informed throughout the process.


“We look forward to work starting and the introduction of a new and improved bus station for Bedford Borough.”
The planning application number is 13/00911/MDC3 and the deadline for responses is 31st May 2013. The application is expected to be presented to committee on 24th June 2013. If planning permission is approved, the Council and Stagecoach will invite tenders to build the project later this year. 


If you would like to have your say and respond to the planning application, you can do so either:

Online: http://www.publicaccess.bedford.gov.uk/online-applications/ type in 13/00911/MDC3 click on SEARCH, then click on MAKE A COMMENT (you will need to register)


View the formal planning application


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













Artists impressions supplied by The Amazing Exhibitionists

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