Busway to see improvements worth £800k

Luton Dunstable busway to undergo renovation
Luton Dunstable busway to undergo renovation

Two new bus stops will be added to the Luton-Dunstable busway in the new year.

The stops will be added to Chaul End Lane in Luton, serving the Chaul End retail park and various commercial premises at the west end of Dallow Road, and Jeans Way in Dunstable.

Improvements will also be made to the ‘on street’ stop on Chaul End Lane, and another stop will be added at Townsend Farm Road to allow passengers to get off the bus before they reach the nearby supermarket.

This is expected to better serve those living in the Douglas Crescent and Northview Road areas.

Developments will include real-time passenger information screens and emergency help points.

According to Luton Borough Council, much of the works, which started in October and will continue until March 2016, are not expected to cause “significant disruption” to busway services as they will be carried out overnight.

The joint £800,000 initiative by LBC and Central Bedfordshire Council has been funded by a grant from the South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership.

Councillor Paul Castleman, portfolio holder for infrastructure and transport, LBC, said: “These works will make a real contribution to the excellent service already offered by the busway and will be a benefit to its users with minimum disruption.”

As a result, the Clifton Road, Stanton Road, White Lion and Portland Ride stops will be closed on Sunday, November 8 from 7am to 4pm, and the Stanton Road stop will be closed from 7am to 4pm on Sunday, November 15.

Busway services will operate as normal.