Dunstable - giving back your high street

Dunstable High Street project overview

It’s an exciting time for Dunstable’s High Street

We have invested in your High Street and the future of Dunstable. We wanted to create a more pleasant, safe and attractive High Street, 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. This will improve the identity of the High Street by creating a more traditional town centre that reflects the unique history of the area to attract shoppers and businesses.

The improvements we’ve made

The extensive scheme featured a range of pedestrian improvements widening the footways with new seating areas and improving crossing points, including a diagonal crossing at Church Street, West Street and Dunstable High Street.

Planters and rain gardens, coupled with drainage works, have been installed to reduce the likelihood of flooding. These improvements also prevent inconsiderate parking and enhance the environment for pedestrians

New street lighting reduces our carbon footprint. We’ve improved the cycleways to encourage sustainable methods of travel and we’ve introduced clearer signage for road users and information totems for pedestrians

This will help the High Street become a more pedestrian-friendly and attractive area. These improvements were based on what you wanted us to do

The Dunstable New Perspective film showcases all the work we have done.

History of the High Street

Dunstable's High Street and crossroads have played a key role in the town’s proud history, but over the years increased levels of traffic led to heavy congestion and caused the town centre to lose some of its sparkle. We wanted to build upon Dunstable’s existing heritage to create a new, improved, people-orientated High Street with the feel of a town that caters to the needs of locals and visitors.

A thriving, modern high street

The best way to prepare for the future is to invest in it. The High Street is not just for the ‘butcher, baker and candlestick maker’ and we wanted to redefine the experience of your local High Street, offering a promenade look and feel, with a sense of a central thoroughfare to attract shoppers and visitors. Dunstable will become a connected 21st-century town centre. Building on its heritage and green space, Dunstable will become an attractive and accessible choice for residents, employees, employers, investors and visitors alike. The town will bring more to a wider range of people, offering an experience that will return to the social focus of the High Street, making it stand out from the crowd and giving a renewed sense of belonging.

A unique opportunity

The council-led and coordinated £7 million Dunstable High Street improvement scheme was funded by Homes England, National Highways, SEMLEP, the Local Growth Fund, and Anglian Water. This means council tax goes towards essential services.