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High Street to get a 20mph speed limit

Bedford Borough Mayor Dave Hodgson has announced changes to Bedford Town Centre, which he said will be a boost for businesses in the town centre. It will also see changes to encourage pedestrians and cyclists.

Traffic on the High Street will be reduced to one lane with average speed cameras to reinforce the 20mph speed limit. This work was already planned via the Transporting Bedford project this summer

The Council said that this will help pedestrians to visit High Street shops whilst socially distancing as the changes will deliver wider pavements. Space will be kept available for deliveries to be made to shops.

The announcement brings forward the longer term plans for the High Street by installing semi-permanent bollards to demarcate the walking areas.

The Council has been awarded £121,000 by from the Government emergency active travel fund to help with the cost of the works.

There will also be the addition of new cycle lanes and markings on four roads: River Street, Greyfriars, Bromham Road and the Embankment.

Mayor Dave Hodgson said:

“We have been working to find ways to make it easier for people to visit our town centre businesses, and to be able to walk and cycle to where they need to go.

“These improvements will help people to feel safe and welcome when they visit our town centre for their essentials, and the schemes for cyclists will hopefully give more people the confidence to try commuting by bike.”

The High Street works are expected to start during week commencing Monday 22 June. The works on the new cycle lanes are expected to take place later in the summer.