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  • Dave Hodgson with Town Bridge behind
    Article: Dec 11, 2017

    Sign Mayor Dave's petition against the cuts here: http://mayordave.org.uk/bedfordtrains

    Mayor Dave Hodgson has slammed the Government's 'betrayal' of local rail users following cuts announced today which remove all peak-time fast intercity services to and from Bedford.

    The changes will be introduced in new timetables from May 2018, and will apply for three hours per day southbound and another three hours per day northbound. They will be in place for at least two years, and are summarised as follows:

  • Dave Hodgson with Town Bridge behind
    Article: Dec 8, 2017

    Mayor Dave Hodgson has announced 'Transporting Bedford 2020', an £18 million investment in tackling traffic congestion across Bedford town centre.

    Major works will take place at key points in the Bedford road network to reduce congestion, with the key schemes as follows:

    1. Manton Lane / Clapham Road & Great Ouse Way: Introduction of traffic lights and linking existing Manton Lane lights to control the flow of traffic and reduce congestion. Increasing capacity at Great Ouse Way (new bypass) junction.
    2. Ashburnham Road / Shakespeare Road / Bromham Road: Introducing a traffic light junction to replace the mini roundabouts.
    3. Britannia Road / Ampthill Road / Kempston Road: Traffic light modifications to increase capacity for vehicles.
    4. Cow Bridge (Ampthill Road): Additional pedestrian/cycle bridges over the railway to increase road space and capacity for vehicles.
    5. Cauldwell Street / St. John's Street: Modifications and traffic signal modifications to improve capacity.
    6. Ampthill Road: Introduction of a 'Smart Corridor' using the latest technology to assess traffic volumes linked to traffic signal controllers to reduce congestion and manage the flow of traffic.

  • Mayor Dave Hodgson at the entrance to Allhallows Car Park
    Article: Nov 30, 2017

    Bedford town centre's shoppers and traders have been given a pre-Christmas boost, after Mayor Dave Hodgson and his Cabinet confirmed that all car park charges will be frozen for 2018, with the array of free parking options maintained.

    Local residents and visitors to our town will continue to be able to park for free:

  • Placards from a Residents' Demo in Stewartby against the plans for an incinerator nearby
    Article: Nov 9, 2017

    Mayor Dave Hodgson has declared that the fight against the massive Covanta incinerator near Stewartby is far from over, as local councils submitted a powerful case against the proposed facility to the environment agency.

    Bedford Borough and Central Bedfordshire Councils' joint response to the consultation on the environmental permit application for the site details a series of grounds on which the permit should be rejected.

  • building site
    Article: Nov 8, 2017

    Mayor Dave Hodgson has slammed the government's proposal to impose a housebuilding target on Bedford Borough which would increase the amount of building needed at new sites by a massive 82%.

    A consultation on the government's proposal to impose a standard formula from Westminster for new housing development concludes at 11.45pm on Thursday 9th November, and Mayor Dave has issued the following rallying cry on his Facebook page for people to have their say against the massively out-of-scale impact this would have on Bedford Borough and its infrastructure:

  • W&H Peacock Auction Centre, Wallis Way, Bedford
    Article: Oct 30, 2017

    Mayor Dave Hodgson paid a visit to the impressive new home of Bedford Auctioneers W&H Peacock on Friday, on the eve of its first sale on Saturday 28th October. The £5 million project sees the longstanding Bedford firm moving its main operations from its Newnham Street premises (where smaller sales continue) to the stunning, purpose built facility at Eastcotts Park, on Wallis Way in Bedford.

  • Dave Hodgson with Town Bridge behind
    Article: Oct 27, 2017

    Bedford Borough Council has announced a £5 million scheme to help tackle congestion on two key A6 roundabouts on the north side of Bedford, as well as Manton Lane, after a successful bid to secure additional funds from the Department for Transport.

    With £3.5million in Government funding secured towards the council investment, improvements to the Manton Lane A6 junction along with the Clapham/Northern bypass junction are now set to go ahead through the 'Bedford Northern Gateway to Growth' project. This will increase capacity and help tackle the congestion in this area.

  • Mayor Dave Hodgson Speaks at the Public Consultation Meeting in Bedford on the East Midlands Rail Franchise
    Article: Sep 28, 2017

    Mayor Dave Hodgson slammed the Government's treatment of Bedford's rail users at a packed public meeting on its plans to remove peak intercity rail services on Monday night.

    It was standing room only at the event at the Park Inn Hotel in Bedford, with around 300 people in attendance to hear and to challenge the government's case for removing intercity rail services from Bedford.

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