Considerable infrastructure investments over the past decade has meant that Bedfordshire’s various town centres have changed significantly.
One way to see how our towns have changed is using Google Street View’s timeline function. The tool allows users to go into view almost every street at a pedestrian level, and change the timeline as far back as 2007-2009, when the Street View project began.
So we have done jsut this and looked back at the town centres of Bedford, Luton, Dunstable and Leighton Buzzard and see how much they have changed in recent years.
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Google Street View of Silver Street, Bedford, in 2021
Bedford town centre’s landscape has changed quite significantly over the course of 12 years.
From the construction of the Riverside Bedford entertainment centre in Horne Lane, housing shops, restaurants and a cinema, to the various improved roadworks across the town.
Especially across Silver Street, you can see the way improved pathing and high-street funding programs have shifted the look of the town.
Much of Bedford’s main structure as a town has remained consistent, with buildings, roads and businesses remaining the same as in 2009.
Google Street View of Castle Street, Luton, 2009
Perhaps one of the most biggest changes in the county is that seen in George Street in Luton. The entire area has been completely pedestrianised across the…