Cash will improve bus station and whole area
A multi-million pound re-development of Bedford Bus Station will include refurbishment of the Allhallows multistorey car park, the mayor revealed this week.
Dave Hodgson, the Mayor of Bedford has announced plans to spend £6million of council funds on the scheme which includes £3million to transform the Allhallows car park and public toilets close to the bus station.
It is hoped that the works will revitalise the area and the mayor claimed this week that the ‘key gateway’ will soon be much improved.
He said: “The bus station area has been widely recognised as needing improvement for decades, and we are committed to making real progress here.
“We are determined that we will deliver the improvement to this key gateway for Bedford which we all want to see, in spite of the economic climate holding back regeneration in places around the country.
“That is why I’ve put together a fund to ensure work can take place.
“There is a lot of work ahead, but at last we can now make genuine progress towards an improved bus station area for Bedford town centre.”
The cash has been found for the project from a funding allocation of £6.246million made up of underspends in budgets for other areas, and recent savings in the council’s budget in which £36million in Government imposed cuts were made.
The final details of the project are subject to approval by bus station partners and more details of what the refurbishment will involve will be made public soon.
And the redevelopment news follows on from plans for the Riverside North leisure complex, which will include a cinema, shops and eateries.
There is also the ongoing refurbishment and rebranding of the Higgins Bedford art gallery and museum which is due to reopen to the public in spring 2013.
And £2million has been secured to tastefully restore shop fronts on Bedford High Street, in the hope of revitalising one of the town’s key shopping streets giving those shops and businesses an economic boost.
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