Planning application submitted
First published - Wednesday 8th May
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
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
“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
“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
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
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:
Artists impression of plans for Bedford Bus Station - rear of
bus station at the corner of Thurlow Street and Allhallows
Artists impressions supplied by The Amazing Exhibitionists