Pedestrianise Leighton Buzzard High Street

Pedestrianise Leighton Buzzard High Street from 20 June

Central Bedfordshire Council has agreed to proceed with pedestrianising the High Street in Leighton Buzzard and making Lake Street one-way only for traffic from Saturday 20 June 2020.

This was a greed at the council’s Traffic Management Meeting on 9 June 2020.

This is a temporary arrangement designed to support the high street businesses re-opening and the return of the market to the High Street following the easing of the coronavirus lockdown restrictions. Closing the High Street to traffic will enable people to use all of the space available safely to aid social distancing.

Although this is a temporary change to the area, there is no end date established as this will depend on the national health crisis and government guidance.

Access will be maintained for people who own or rent premises on the High Street and deliveries will be managed locally, and we will speak to businesses who are impacted and manage this with them and ensure that delivery access is still maintained and allowed.

The disabled parking will be retained at the bottom of the High Street. 

All bus services that currently use the High Street will transfer to West Street and the stops they use will be upgraded. Buzzer buses will be able to drop off and collect passengers from Church Square, North Street and Lake Street.

The taxi rank will move to the bus stand area at the bottom of the High Street.

We will work with local businesses and the town council to keep the changes under review and tweak if necessary.

If you have feedback on the changes, please email paul.salmon@centralbedfordshire.gov.uk.