Giving back your Dunstable High Street

  • This coming Monday 10th May sees the launch of the next phase of works to improve Dunstable’s High Street.

Over the last 18 months, Central Bedfordshire Council has been making improvements to Middle Row, Ashton Square, High Street South and Queensway, including improving the drainage to reduce the risk of flooding which the area has been prone to in the past. 

The aim has been to create a more pleasant, safe and attractive High Street area, reducing the sense of vehicles dominating the road, giving greater priority to pedestrians and cyclists and improving accessibility between and within different parts of the town centre.

Thanks to funding support from the South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership with an allocation from the Local Growth Fund, the most significant work phase begins on Monday 10 May and continues until the Spring of 2021. High Street North will be remodelled, the traffic light timings will be changed and a four-way crossing will be installed at Church Street, West Street and Dunstable High Street.

The initial three weeks of works will include lane closures for kerb line works around High Street North and Queensway at the Junction of West Street and Church Street. From 21-24 May there will be a closure due to an installation of drainage at the junction of High Street North / South and West Street / Church Street. Then from 14 June for approximately three weeks, there will be a pedestrian guard rail on High Street North for footway works.

Councillor Ian Dalgarno, Executive Member for Community Services at Central Bedfordshire Council said, “It’s an exciting time for Dunstable High Street. Shopping in the town centre is no longer just about the ‘butcher, baker and candlestick maker’, people want a pleasant experience with a social aspect. We will create an environment that will encourage residents and workers to spend more time in their town centre and support local businesses.

“The High Street improvements are just one of many investments Central Bedfordshire Council have been making to improve Dunstable, including the new Leisure Centre and Library at the Dunstable Centre, new Creasey Park facilities and the new Integrated Health and Care Hub that we are about to start building.”

At the same time, the Council has withdrawn its significant investment plans to invest in new Leisure facilities in Houghton Regis for the time being.

Councillor Dalgarno added: “Like any major regeneration programme, there will inevitably be some inconvenience. Signage will be displayed to give notice over the weekend and there will be regular communications in and around the area to keep people informed of temporary road and lane closures. Thank you for your patience and understanding over the coming months as we strive to minimise any disruption for local people.”

More information is available on the Council website.
Images: Concept images from Central Bedfordshire Council

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