Flitwick Station to have new pedestrian, cycle and vehicle access
The Bedford Commuters Association (BCA) has welcomed the plans to improve Flitwick Station’s forecourt, vehicle, cycle and pedestrian access.
Earlier this week, Central Bedfordshire Council announced that it had secured a £2.219 million grant for the development of an integrated transport hub.
The aim is to provide a more efficient way to link different modes of transport (bus, rail, car, cycling) together to encourage the transition away from driving to the station.
The proposals include:
- A redeveloped station forecourt with new pedestrian, cycle and vehicle access
- New passenger drop-off and dedicated taxi areas
- A public transport interchange with three bus stops, passenger waiting areas, including real time departure information
- Improvements to Steppingley Road, including vehicle access to both the station and Tesco opposite
- Dedicated facilities for Center Parcs Woburn passenger collection and drop off
The Bedford Commuters Association (BCA) was set up to to promote and protect the interests of commuters and local rail users travelling to and from Bedford Midland and Flitwick Stations.
The BCA has for many years lobbied for improved transport interchange at Flitwick station. Arthur Taylor, BCA chairman, said:
“We welcome this announcement for improvements to the station forecourt, vehicle, cycle and pedestrian access. A bus interchange with associated waiting shelter has been long overdue.
“The Steppingley Road junction has required improvement for several years as vehicle traffic to the station and Tesco’s has increased dramatically.
“The BCA has put forward some schemes to GTR [Govia Thameslink Railway] for improvements to the station through its Passenger Benefit Fund and would hope these are taken into account when the redevelopment takes place.
“Finally the BCA would hope that Central Bedfordshire Council consult us over their plans as we are the Rail User Group for the Station.”
A planning application for the scheme is due to be submitted by the end of August. Construction of the hub is scheduled to be completed by March 2022.
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