Category: Transport

Call for motorists to help children stay safe near schools

Campaigning schoolchildren included Wootton-based Holywell School students

Bedford Borough Liberal Democrats have issued a plea for motorists to help children stay safe, following a debate on children’s road safety at a Council meeting last week.

At the Children’s Services Overview and Scrutiny Committee (OSC), councillors heard from children from Wootton. They have been campaigning on the issue of road safety in their community.

The schoolchildren raised a wide range of issues, and in response Council representatives set out work that will take place to address them. This will include the appointment of a new school crossing patrol, assessing bus stops and crossings in the area and reviewing road safety information campaigns for young people.

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What do you think of the roads across Central Bedfordshire?

An online survey has been opened for Central Bedfordshire residents to share their views on road maintenance in order to inform the council’s future planning.

Central Bedfordshire Council is just one of over 100 Local Authorities to sign up to the National Highways and Transport Public (NHT) Satisfaction Survey. The standardised survey that will ask members of the public exactly the same questions, whether they live in Central Bedfordshire, Edinburgh or London. Participating councils can then compare results and share best practice.

The online survey is open to all Central Bedfordshire residents and covers views about highways maintenance including roads and pavements, potholes, street lighting, drain clearance and gritting as well as looking at traffic congestion, road safety and accessibility.

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Eyes on the road, not on your phone

Anyone caught using a mobile phone while driving will be fined £200 and six points

Bedfordshire Police is clamping down on motorists who use mobile devices and reminding them to keep their eyes on the road, not on their phone.

Drivers using a mobile phone while behind the wheel are four times more likely to be involved in a collision, according to a recent Parliamentary report.

A moment’s distraction is all it takes to crash, resulting in potentially devastating, life-long consequences. Not only the driver, but their passengers, other road users and pedestrians too.

More than 1,500 people were caught using their mobile phone across Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire last year, with 371 caught in Bedfordshire.

Of these, two thirds were under the age of 40. Anyone caught using a mobile phone while driving will be fined £200 and will receive six penalty points. Any driver caught using a mobile phone within two years of passing their test will have their licence revoked.

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Progress update on the A6 Wilstead Bypass reconstruction

The completion date for the project to rebuild the A6 past Wilstead has been delayed to March 2020, after on-site testing revealed that more works are required than originally thought.

The A6 past Wilstead is currently being rebuilt. This stretch of road was originally built in the 1970s, but had become too dangerous for normal road use after its foundations had collapsed.

Extensive work on the project has already been completed including the removal of the existing road surface and kerbs along with a large section of the underlying concrete layer, and the start of the removal of the old road foundations.

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Temporary reduced car parking at Bedford station

Network Rail and Govia Thameslink Railway are reminding passengers that car parking at Bedford station will be significantly reduced from Monday, 21 October until Sunday, 22 December.

A bridge needs to be demolished and reconstructed at a raised height, to provide a safe distance to allow new equipment to be installed. Network Rail engineers will be using two cranes in the car park at Bedford station to allow this upgrade work to be carried out, meaning there is a reduction in parking spaces. Parking for disabled passengers will not be affected.

Alternative car parks within one mile of the station are signposted. Bedford car park season ticket holders will be able to use the premium car parks at Bedford and Flitwick stations (excluding numbered premier bays). They will also be able to use their permits at all north Thameslink and Great Northern managed stations, however spaces at these stations are available on a first-come, first-served basis and most are very popular.

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Safe tyres save lives – check yours regularly

‘Don’t chance it, check it’ is the message from the team responsible for reducing casualties and keeping us safe on the roads across Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire.

October is tyre safety month and officers from the tri-force Road Policing Unit will be carrying out checks of tyres as part of their routine proactive casualty reduction patrols.

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Final call for London Northwestern Railway communities to claim cash boost

Time is running out for communities with ideas for innovative projects to submit bids for a slice of a £1.7m fund.

The Customer and Communities Improvement Fund (CCIF) was launched earlier this month as part of London Northwestern Railway’s drive to improve the wider station environment. The Fund will run every year for the next six years and this year’s application process is now open.

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Train bosses to meet passengers on Marston Vale line

Passengers using the Marston Vale line will have the chance to discuss the service with London Northwestern Railway managers later this month – aboard the trains themselves.

Services on the line are operated by London Northwestern Railway (LNR) and managers from the company will be aboard services departing between 2pm and 7pm on Thursday 12 September.

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Bedford dad takes on ‘gladiator’ challenge in honour of local girl and much-missed colleague

A Bedford dad is gearing up for a gladiator-style challenge in honour of a little girl and a much-missed colleague.

Revenue Control Officer Lucky Ladher, 39, who works for Govia Thameslink railway, is raising money with his gym buddies for ‘Lulu’s Fight’ and Macmillan Cancer Support.

Lulu is a six-year-old Bedford girl who was diagnosed with high-risk neuroblastoma at the age of four. She immediately had chemotherapy and has also had immunotherapy. Thanks to donations, she is taking part in a clinical trial in New York, which will hopefully reduce the chances of her cancer returning

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Thameslink support for Luton Town FC youngsters

Twenty-two teenagers have scored free travel to support their sports development with Luton Town FC, thanks to train operator Govia Thameslink Railway.

This is now the 12th year of partnership between Luton Town FC and GTR supporting the club’s youth development programme. It has helped hundreds of youngsters gain skills and confidence through sport while studying for a BTEC Extended Diploma in Sport or A-levels at local schools and colleges.

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