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All Other Street Furniture

Types of Street furniture:


These serve a purpose to restrict vehicular and pedestrian movement. Bollards are commonly found on grass verges to protect them being driven over by vehicles. Our favoured solution, if action is deemed necessary, is to erect plastic or wooden bollards depending on the locality, although this has to be weighed against the severity of the damage and the potential to move the problem to another location.

Bollards are also used to prohibit entry into certain roads and passageways.


Benches are found near to areas where pedestrian footfall is expected such as our River Embankment and in the pedestrian areas of Bedford Town Centre. We aim to use designs and styles to suit the environment.

Guard Rails & Fencing

Fencing on the highway is installed to prevent access, to protect the travelling public or to control the movement of pedestrians.

The Borough Council is not responsible for fences that adjoin the highway. This fencing belongs to the adjoining land owners:

There are three types of fencing in the public highway:

1. Post and rail fencing of areas of highway

Post and rail fencing is installed to prevent or control access to areas of highway. Typical examples are on disused or controlled areas of highway such as chipping stores, where vehicular access is prohibited or restricted.

2. Pedestrian Fences and Guardrails

Pedestrian fences and guard rails are primarily used in urban areas or large villages. They are installed at junctions and sections of road to guide pedestrians to appropriate crossing points. They are also used on footways to guide users from potential hazards e.g. at rear of footways where a ditch is behind.

3. Safety Fencing

Safety Fencing is used at the following locations:

on dual carriageway central reserves

around bridge parapets on high speed roads

at railway bridges identified by risk assessment as requiring anti-incursion fencing

where roads rise above the surrounding ground level by more than 6 metres

Sign Posts and Signs

There is a risk that motorists will be overwhelmed by too much information and also that undue “clutter” is caused to the highway, by the uncontrolled erection of highway signing.  For these reasons new signs will only be provided where absolutely necessary, and any redundant signs and posts will be promptly removed.  Also it may be possible to combine a new sign with others on an existing post, or possibly the sign could be erected onto an existing street lighting column.

New traffic signs will normally only be provided under the following circumstances:

Where specifically recommended following an accident or local safety study.

In conjunction with improvements or alterations to the road network.

Where existing signing is misleading or insufficient and there is evidence of this causing confusion to motorists.

When the decision is taken to install a new sign, it will be designed and installed in accordance with the requirements and guidance given in the Traffic Signs Regulations and General Directions 2002.  Care will be taken in the positioning, design size and mounting of signs to ensure their operational safety, and that the environmental impact is kept to a minimum consistent with the road safety and traffic management needs.

Although in many circumstances illuminated signs are mandatory, the use of high–reflectivity, non–illuminated, signs can bring benefits in terms of sustainability.  This is the preferred option and will be a consideration both for new signs and for the replacement of existing signs.


Bedford Borough Council has located a variety of bins around the Borough with the aim to keep Bedford a clean and pleasant environment. This includes general waste, recycle and dog foul bins.

Bus Stops and Shelters

Bus stop poles are usually provided by the Borough Council. Before any new bus stop poles are erected, or existing bus stop locations moved, or bus stop shelters are erected, the proposed site is inspected by representatives of Bedfordshire Highways and the Police.

Timetable cases and the stop flags (signs) are either provided by the bus company or the Borough Council depending on the location and the service provider.

Town and Parish Councils are responsible for the supply and maintenance of bus shelters, although they may arrange this by using private companies. Any damage seen to bus shelters should be reported to the Clerk of the relevant Town or Parish or by contacting the Borough Council’s Highways Helpline.

The Borough Council wishes to simplify the responsibilities for bus stops and we are currently working towards new arrangements that will make the Borough Council responsible for all bus stop furniture

Floral Tributes and Memorials

Bedford Borough Council has in place a policy in relation to Floral Tributes and Memorials which are placed on the HIghway to ensure respectful management of issues whilst maintaining road safety and appropriate Highway Maintenance. To view a copy of the policy document, please click here

Should you notice damage to any street furniture in Bedford, we ask that you be pro-active in contacting Bedford Borough Council to report your findings. It is important that all street furniture is in a safe working manner. Your report will lead to an Inspector investigating your concern and will help us to carry out repairs where necessary and as soon as practical. We ask you contact our Highways Helpdesk as detailed below:


Phone: 01234 718003


Mail:     Highways Helpdesk

             Customer Service Centre

             2 Horne Lane


             MK40 1RA

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