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Bedford Square Gateway Project

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The Bedford Square Gateway Project is a regeneration scheme which will transform the southern end of Loughborough town centre.

The scheme, which covers Bedford Square, Ward’s End and Devonshire Square, will create a more attractive and pedestrian-friendly destination for shoppers, increase footfall and boost trade in the area.

The project would see footpaths widened and re-paved to create a high-quality and attractive street scene which will showcase the area’s distinct character and heritage. Character street lighting and furniture would also be added and more of the area would be on one level making it more accessible.

A large open space in Devonshire Square would be created to host events and the scheme also retains parking and maintains traffic flow in the area.

The scheme also includes improved pedestrian access and lighting to link Devonshire Square and Granby Street Car Park via Devonshire Lane. New pedestrian crossings will be added to improve safety and overall, the amount of paved area for pedestrians will increase by nearly a third.

Council officers met with local traders on Thursday, February 27 to discuss the plans and show them some visuals.

We hope work, which will be phased, can start early in 2021 and be completed by October 2021.

The project is estimated to cost around £1.9 million.

See what the completed scheme could look like.

Exhibition - March 6 & 7

A public exhibition is taking place on at John Storer House on Friday March 6 and Saturday March 7, 9.30am to 4pm. There will be displays, draft detailed designs, a 3D animation and Council officers will also be present to provide further information.

Some other points of interest

  • The project would see pedestrian areas increase by nearly a third in the area, from 2,605 m2 to 3,409 m2
  • Parking spaces will reduce from 65 to 55 to accommodate wider pavements, pedestrian crossing points and public space, but parking spaces will be larger
  • No on-road disabled parking on double yellow lines down Ward’s End due to the new narrow road wide. There are 34 disabled parking spaces in nearby Granby Street car park
  • The taxi rank in Devonshire Square would be removed. Studies have shown it is not well used and there is a large taxi rank around the corner on Granby Street.
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