First stage of £1.5m Bedford Embankment works completed to enhance ‘spectacular’ area of the town
The first stages of a £1.5m project to improve the Bedford Embankment have been completed. Walkway surfaces between Newnham Avenue and Bushmead Road have been resurfaced.
15 new benches have also been installed along the popular civic area. The benches were funded by the Welcome Back Fund, developed by the government as part of the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).
The fund aims to support the high street and tourist attractions in welcoming back shoppers and visitors after recent Covid lockdowns. Mayor Dave Hodgson has expressed is happiness at the progress of the work so far.
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He said: “I am delighted that these works down the Embankment are complete, well ahead of the River Festival, improving and enhancing this already spectacular area of Bedford.
“During Covid-19, I know so many people really valued the beautiful open spaces we have in the Borough, and the benefits it can have for our physical and mental health. The Embankment is a wonderful place to walk, cycle or scoot, and take a seat on these new benches and enjoy the surroundings.”