Beds, Herts & Bucks

Bedford multi-million pound town projects begin

Riverside North
Image caption Riverside North will have a cinema, restaurants and housing
Old bus station in Bedford
Image caption The old bus station has been described as "unloved"
Artists impression of new bus station
Image caption Work on replacing the bus station will take about a year

Work has begun on two multi-million pound development projects in Bedford town centre, with both the bus station and town hall being demolished.

The borough council is spending about £9m replacing the bus station, a project that has been in the pipeline for decades awaiting financial backing.

The town hall is being knocked down and replaced with a privately-funded £35m leisure development.

Riverside North will include homes, restaurants, and a multi-screen cinema.

Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson, said: "We are replacing the unloved old bus station with a brand new one as part of a wider regeneration project, while a large office block is making way for new riverside public space as part of a scheme including riverside restaurants, a cinema, river footbridge and more.

"Bedford bus station has let our town centre down for far too long and we are pleased to be making this regeneration project happen."

Work on the bus station should be completed by the end of the year.

Riverside North will take 18 months to finish.

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