Locals get their say on proposed busway stop for Jeans Way

A consultation on plans for the stop will be opened later this month
A consultation on plans for the stop will be opened later this month

Plans for a new stop on the Luton-Dunstable Busway could soon come to fruition.

In April, the Gazette revealed that Jeans Way, Dunstable, was in line for a new stop – despite the location being ditched from original busway proposals.

Stock image of the Luton-Dunstable Busway

Stock image of the Luton-Dunstable Busway

Following the story, we received a number of phone calls and messages in support of the idea and now residents will be able to have their say as Central Beds Council has announced that it will open a consultation.

This week 400 homes in the Jeans Way area will receive a letter explaining the plans and asking for feedback.

After the letters have been sent, members of the council’s travel choices team will visit the area to encourage residents to participate in the consultation.

A public meeting will also be held at the Bedfordshire FA, Skimpot Road,on June 26 at 7pm to allow the council to gauge the level of support for the proposal.

Cllr Tony Brown, deputy member for community services, said: “I would encourage as many local residents as possible to fill in their forms and have their say.

“Central Bedfordshire Council want to make an informed decision and the opinion of local residents is very important.

“The only way we can get this right is to ask the people who matter what they think.”

If sufficient support is shown the busway stop would be sited to the rear of properties on Jeans Way, adjacent to the footpath leading to Blows Downs.

Plans for additional stops on Townsend Farm Road, Houghton Regis, and Chaul End Lane, Luton, are also being considered.

Arriva has signalled its support for the proposals, though Grant Palmer told the Gazette that his firm would only welcome new stops if there is enough customer demand.

He said: “My only concern is that busway is a quick way into town and the more stops put in the slower it will be, we have got to be mindful of that.”

Luton Borough Council’s commercial arm, LTS Infrastructure, is continuing design work and costing for the stops, which were previously estimated to come in at around £100,000 each.

> The consultation will run until Monday June 29.