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Parking News

  • Mayor Dave Hodgson with the car parks sign on Horne Lane, Bedford
    Article: Jan 31, 2014

    All parking charges in Bedford town centre have been frozen for 2014, in a further major boost for local shoppers and businesses. The freeze applies to all town centre car parks and all on-street parking charges, meaning the real cost of parking in Bedford is falling yet again. The move means that 2014 is the fourth straight year of town centre car park charge freezes and is more good news for motorists following the introduction of the Mayor's Free Parking Deal, which sees two hours' free parking in all Council-owned town centre car parks on Saturdays.

  • Fireworks at Bedford's Big Christmas Lights Switch-On
    Article: Nov 27, 2013

    Tonight sees Bedford's big Chirstmas Lights Switch-On taking place along the Embankment, with the show starting at 7pm. This is always a hugely popular, family-orientated event with people of all ages lining the Embankment to enjoy the show, which this year will once again feature a spectaular fireworks display.

  • Mayor Dave Hodgson with the car parks sign on Horne Lane, Bedford
    Article: Nov 22, 2013

    Tomorrow sees the launch of the Free Parking Deal for Bedford Town Centre. For the first time ever, free parking will be available in all Council-run town centre car parks for the first two hours of your stay, every Saturday. If you stay for longer, you will simply pay for the amount of time you stay after those first two hours.

  • Mayor Dave Hodgson with the car parks sign on Horne Lane, Bedford
    Article: Oct 23, 2013

    The topic of my latest monthly article for the Times and Citizen newspaper was the Free Parking Deal, our initiative to follow our three successive years of shoppers' car park freezes with two hours' free parking in Bedford town centre on Saturdays from November 23rd. In it, I suggested that while Bedford has been quietly bucking the trend with our frozen charges for shoppers, rising footfall and falling shop vacancy rate, perhaps it's time to be a bit noisier in promoting our town and all it has to offer. If you didn't see the article, here it is in full:

  • Mayor Dave Hodgson with the car parks sign on Horne Lane, Bedford
    Article: Oct 11, 2013

    I am pleased to be able to confirm the start date of the Free Parking Deal, and to confirm new late car park openings we are bringing in to support the night-time economy in Bedford Town Centre. The Free Parking Deal will start on November 23rd, after legally-required consultation on the changes to arrangements. So, it will be in place in time for the all-important Christmas shopping period for our town centre traders.

  • Mayor Dave Hodgson with the car parks sign on Horne Lane, Bedford
    Article: Oct 9, 2013

    In the face of the unprecedented cuts to local government funding in recent years, we have rejected the approach seen in a number of other areas of passing on the impact of this to hard-pressed local households via spiralling council tax or hikes in fees and charges. That's why alongside three straight years of average Council tax freezes, shoppers' car park charges have been frozen, in stark contrast to the situation elsewhere nearby and across the country. This has been extremely tough to deliver, with extra savings to be found elsewhere, but we've done it because we are committed to supporting town centre businesses and shoppers. Now we want to go further in this aim. So, starting before Christmas this year, I plan to bring in free parking in all town centre car parks on Saturdays for the first two hours of your stay.

  • New Bedford Bus Station and Improved Allhallows Car Park Illustration by The Amazing Exhibitionists www.theamazingexhibitionists.co.uk
    Article: Jun 27, 2013

    Monday night saw a major step forward for our plans for a new bus station for Bedford, with the Council's planning committee giving them its unanimous backing.

    The new bus station is the central feature of our £8.8 million project to regenerate this area, which will also see the refurbishment of Allhallows multi-storey car park, new public toilets with improved disabled and baby change facilities, new shopfronts for the units below the car park, a brand new surface car park on Greyfriars and improvements to the area in front of the car park, with new paving, seating and more.

  • New Bedford Bus Station and Improved Allhallows Car Park Illustration by The Amazing Exhibitionists www.theamazingexhibitionists.co.uk
    Article: May 21, 2013

    We have submitted a planning application for our brand new bus station for Bedford, and these are the first images illustrating how the planned development will look. Bedford has been let down badly by the bus station for many, many years, and that's why we are making sure that after so many false dawns and dashed hopes, a brand new bus station and improved environment in that area are being delivered for our town.

  • Dave Hodgson with Town Bridge behind
    Article: Oct 25, 2012

    I am pleased to be able to confirm that as part of our regeneration of the bus station area in Bedford Town Centre, we will construct a brand new surface car park to serve the town. The car park, which will be located on the site of the former Gwyn and Patteshull Court blocks of flats, will be constructed next year.

  • Dave Hodgson with Town Bridge behind
    Article: Aug 25, 2012

    While everyone has their own views and ideas on improvements which are desired or required for Bedford Town Centre, there is one opinion that seems to be shared almost universally. This is of course the view that Bedford bus station has for many years been in sore need of improvement. In fact, this has been recognised for decades, and as Mayor I have been absolutely determined that we make real progress on what has been an unacceptable situation for residents for too long. That's why, in one of my first acts as Mayor, I signed an agreement with Stagecoach which saw an immediate investment of £67,000 in improvements such as a new paint job and CCTV to increase security for bus users. As we all know, however, what we really need is a more fundamental overhaul of the site and the facilities there. That's why I'm delighted that thanks to a lot of hard work and sound financial management at the Council, we have been able to put together a fund of £6.25 million to deliver an improved bus station.