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Leighton Buzzard High Street Guide

High Street, Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire, LU7 1DN

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Introduction

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    • Leighton Buzzard is a town in Bedfordshire near the Chiltern Hill and lies between Luton and Milton Keynes. Leighton Buzzard adjoins Linslade.
    • The High Street runs between Church Square and Market Square (west to east).
    • The length of the route is approximately 0.3miles (480m) in length.
    • 1. Junction - High Street and Church Square.
    • 2. Church Square to High Street Mews.
    • 3. Junction - High Street and High Street Mews.
    • 4. High Street Mews to Market Square.
    • 5. Junction - Market Square and High Street.

Getting Here

  • By Car:
  • Leighton Buzzard is located approximately 1.5 miles from the A4146/A505 for links to Luton, MiltonKeynes, Tring, Dunstable and Houghton Regis using West Street, Leston Road and A4012 Billington Road.
  • The High Street is in the town centre and run from west to east.
  • At the west end it joins onto Church Square.
  • At the east end it joins onto Market Square.
  • Parking:
  • There is on-street standard parking and Blue Badge parking available throughout the High Street.
  • There is a long stay car park available in West Street nearby called West Street Multi Storey Car Park.
  • By Bus:
  • There are several bus stops in High Street with services to Central Milton Keynes, Tilsworth, Aylesbury, Linslade and Luton.
  • For more information on Arriva Beds and Bucks please click here
  • By Train:
  • Leighton Buzzard Station is approximately 0.8 miles away (15 minute walk) from the High Street using Bridge Street, Leighton Road, New Road and Station Road.
  • There is step free access to all platforms via lifts at this station.
  • There is a taxi rank outside the station.
  • This station provides direct trains to Milton Keynes, Bletchley, Birmingham, Coventry and London Euston.
  • There are two train operators using this station and they are Southern Railway and West Midlands Railway.
  • For more information on Southern Railway please click here
  • For more information on West Midlands Railways please click here.

Parking

  • There is Blue Badge on street parking available throughout the High Street with no time limits.
  • There is standard on street parking available throughout the High Street with a limited stay of 30 minutes with no return within 2 hours.
  • There is a long stay multi-storey car park available in West Street, approximately 90m. This car park has several Blue Badge parking bays available.
  • Photographs 1, 2, 3 and 4 show the on street Blue Badge and standard parking on the High Street by Boots Chemist and Poundland.
  • Photographs 6 and 7 show the Blue Badge parking and standard parking on Church Square, close to the junction to the High Street.
  • Photographs 8, 9 and 10 show the parking at West Street Multi-storey car park in West Street.

1. Junction - High Street and Church Square

  • Church Square and the High Street meet next to Leighton Middle School on the west side of the High Street.
  • The pathways are block paving with some tarmac sections. There is an easy slope uphill towards Market Square via High Street and an easy downhill slope towards Church Square from the High Street.
  • There are dropped kerbs with tactile paving on both sides to cross the High Street, as shown in photograph 2.
  • There are dropped kerbs with tactile paving on both sides to cross Church Square, as shown in photographs 6 and 7.
  • The road surface is tarmac.

2. Church Square to High Street Mews

  • There are some bollards and some railings along this section which have a good colour contrast.
  • On both sides of the road the footpaths are over 250cm wide and in some parts widen to over 350cm.
  • The pathways are block paving and are on an easy slope uphill towards Market Square and an easy downhill slope towards Church Square with some uneven sections and some raised manhole covers throughout.
  • There are several seating areas in the form of benches available on both sides of the road.
  • There are some A boards, café seating, cycle racks and poles for road signs along the pathways on both sides.
  • There is a sheltered bus stop available next Florence Nightingale Hospice Charity Shop and another sheltered bus stop available next to the Oxfam Charity Shop.
  • There are several crossings along this section with tactile paving and dropped kerbs, as shown in photographs 11 and 13.
  • The road surface is tarmac.

3. Junction - High Street and High Street Mews

  • The High Street and High Street Mews meet next to Quarters Estate Agents and are opposite Costa Coffee, as shown in photographs 1 and 2.
  • The pathways are block paving in this area and level.
  • There are Blue Badge parking bays available at this junction next to Quarters Estate Agents and the High Street Mews entrance, as shown in photograph 3.
  • There are standard parking bays available opposite the High Street Mews entrance by Costa Coffee and WHSmith, as shown in photograph 4.
  • The pathway is block paving and on an easy slope uphill towards Market Square and an easy downhill slope towards Church Square with some uneven sections and raised manhole covers.
  • The road surface is tarmac.

4. High Street Mews to Market Square

  • There are some bollards along this section which have a good colour contrast.
  • On both sides of the road the footpaths are over 250cm wide.
  • The pathways are block paving and on an easy slope uphill towards Market Square and an easy downhill slope towards Church Square with some uneven sections and some raised manhole covers throughout.
  • There is some seating areas in the form of benches available on both sides of the road.
  • There are some A boards, café seating, cycle racks and poles for road signs along the pathways on both sides.
  • There is standard parking and some Blue Badge parking throughout this section on both sides of the road.
  • There are a few crossings along this section with tactile paving and dropped kerbs on both sides, as shown in photographs 6 and 12.
  • The road surface is tarmac.

5. Junction - Market Square and High Street

  • Market Square and the High Street meet and merge next to Barclays Bank and Lloyds Bank on the east side of the High Street.
  • The pathways are block paving and on an easy slope uphill towards Market Square and an easy downhill slope towards Church Square with some uneven sections and some raised manhole covers throughout.
  • The footpaths are over 250cm wide.
  • There are dropped kerbs with tactile paving on both sides to cross the High Street, as shown in photographs 1 and 2.
  • There are several benches available at this junction close to the crossing on the same side as Lloyds Bank.
  • The road surface is tarmac.

Public Toilets

  • There are no public toilets available along the High Street.
  • There are several restaurants and cafés with toilet facilities available on the High Street for paying customers.
  • Town Centre public toilets are located at the multi story car park, in Waterborne Walk. In the foyer of the car park is an accessible toilet facility. There is not 24 hour access to this however. At the rear of the car park is an accessible toilet facility accessed by Radar Key. This is currently closed due to Covid-19 restrictions.

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