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Transport News

  • Mayor Dave Hodgson Welcomes School Crossing Patrol Staff to the Mayor's Parlour to Mark Crossing Patrols' Diamond Jubilee 2013
    Article: Oct 26, 2013

    The fight to protect frontline services here in Bedford Borough in the face of the unprecedented, extraordinary funding crisis for local government is a vital one, as we are simply not prepared to allow the sort of widespread cuts seen in many other areas to happen here.

    This fight continues from week to week, as we work to identify and deliver savings in Borough Hall rather than out in the community, and we received further recognition recently from a national charity for our success in protecting one particular front line service. Living Streets, which campaigns in the interests of pedestrians and their safety, has singled out Bedford Borough Council for our commitment to saving lollipop men and women.

  • New Bedford Bus Station and Improved Allhallows Car Park Illustration by The Amazing Exhibitionists www.theamazingexhibitionists.co.uk
    Article: Jul 3, 2013

    Following the award of planning permission last week for the brand new bus station itself and other improvements, there is further progress to report on the regeneration of the bus station area, with construction of the new surface car park getting underway on Monday. The car park will be just across the road from the bus station, on Greyfriars, and will provide 142 parking spaces, including increased disabled parking for the area. Construction should be finished well in time for Christmas, providing another, extremely convenient option those anyone considering coming into town by car during that all-important period for retailers. Charges will boften line with others in town, which we have of course frozen for three successive years in support of shoppers and businesses.

  • Mayor Dave Hodgson Welcomes School Crossing Patrol Staff to the Mayor's Parlour to Mark Crossing Patrols' Diamond Jubilee 2013
    Article: Jun 28, 2013

    It was a real pleasure last week to welcome school crossing patrol staff to the Mayor's Parlour to mark the fact that 2013 is the Diamond Jubilee of the School Crossing Patrol in Britain.

    School crossing patrol staff are of course more commonly known as lollipop ladies/men, but whatever you call them, one thing that is certain is that they are unsung stalwarts of local public service.I have spent mornings out with school crossing patrol staff, so I know very well how dedicated they are to the crucial task of helping children stay safe, and have seen first hand the friendly and professional way in which they go about their job,

    In Bedford Borough we have 21 school crossing patrol staff, with the longest-serving member of the team, Joan Loft, having a truly remarkable 39 years of service behind her.

    I was thrilled to be able to present Joan and all of her colleagues with commemorative certificates and badges to recognise their efforts and the work they do day in, day out on behalf of children and families across the Borough. Whatever the weather, school crossing patrol staff are out there helping children stay safe on often very busy roads, stepping out in front of traffic and keeping the attention of the children to ensure they cross safely. All recognition of the vital role they carry out is well-deserved, and I'm glad I was able to say 'thank you' in this way last week.

  • 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.

  • Dave Hodgson at the Clapham end of the planned final section of the Bedford Western Bypass
    Article: Jun 11, 2013

    The end of our thirty-year wait for a completed western bypass has moved closer once more with our success in securing another £4.5 million from the Government for construction of the road.

    As I've said here before, having removed a series of obstacles in the way of this crucial scheme for Bedford Borough, there are still issues to overcome before construction can take place, with a dispute between the Highways Agency and a nearby landowner dating back to its building of the Paula Radcliffe Way (A6 Clapham Bypass) over ten years ago still unresolved. However, we have already made significant progress on this project which has been recognised as critical in local and national plans for over thirty years, and are now much closer than ever to seeing construction take place.

  • 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 at the Clapham end of the planned final section of the Bedford Western Bypass
    Article: May 1, 2013

    I have written here on numerous occasions about the importance for the borough of the final phase of the Bedford Western Bypass. It will bring numerous benefits, making Bedford even better connected, encouraging new economic growth and employment and quite simply making it easier for all road users to get around!

  • Article: Mar 5, 2013

    The Speed Limit Review I launched in 2011 in response to residents' concerns about speeding traffic in their neighbourhoods saw a large number of speed limits in residential areas across the Borough reduced in direct response to local requests.

    The first tranche of speed limit changes under the review saw every request from rural parish councils for action to reduce a particular speed limit approved, following an assessment of the safety issues and feasibility. That there were so many areas where the assessments supported a reduction in the local speed limit indicated just how sorely needed this campaign is, and our commitment to working with parish councils and making our roads safe for all road and footpath users continues.

  • snow plough
    Article: Jan 25, 2013

    I visited the Council's Brunel Road depot this week, and chatted to some of the Direct Works staff about the work they are doing to help keep our roads as safe as possible for all users during the cold, icy weather.

    I spoke to one of the Pot Hole Hit Squad teams, who obviously can't fill in pot holes while it's so cold as any moisture in the holes will simply re-freeze and open them up again, and talked about how they are instead out supporting the winter maintenance and gritting effort.

  • 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.