Short-term parking bays introduced in Bedford Town Centre Image By Janis Abolins AdobeStock_192383331

Parking bays will allow free parking for up to 15 minutes

Bedford Borough Council has introduced ten short-term parking bays across Bedford Town Centre, to allow shoppers to take advantage of click & collect in Bedford Borough.

Under current government guidelines, non-essential retailers can still open for click & collect services, where shopping is pre-ordered ahead of time and collected from the store.

Although these parking bays have only been added for an initial period of up to 18 months, Bedford Borough Council may look to make these measures permanent if they prove successful with businesses and residents.

Councillor Henry Vann, portfolio holder for Town Centres and Planning, said:

“Funded by the Mayor’s Town Centre Priority fund, the introduction of these parking bays represents further investment by Bedford Borough Council to support our town centre traders, despite the challenges presented by COVID-19.

“These new parking measures, initially in place for a trial period, will make it even easier for residents, visitors and businesses looking to use the town centre, building on the safety measures in place, two hours free parking, and our essential market stalls.

“We are urging residents to shop local to support our independent retailers and national chain stores this Christmas and this will make it even easier to do so.”

The parking bays will allow visitors free parking for up to 15 minutes.

Bedford Borough Council has installed these parking bays on:

  • Castle Lane
  • Commercial Road
  • Greyfriars Car Park
  • Harpur Street
  • Lurke Street
  • Mill Street
  • River Street
  • St Cuthbert’s Street
  • St Loyes Street
  • St Paul’s Square

Samantha Laycock, chair of BedfordBID, said:

“The introduction of these parking bays will help stores to provide click & collect services to shoppers and will also enable food and drink businesses to provide takeaway and delivery services to residents of Bedford Borough.”

BedfordBID will be updating its website to provide information on which town centre businesses are offering a click & collect service.

For more information, on businesses currently open and for click & collect and delivery services, visit the BedfordBID COVID-19 Hub.

If you would like more information on the parking bays, you can contact the Council’s Parking Services team by emailing Parking.Services@bedford.gov.uk or calling 01234 718057.