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Coming soon! Luton Dunstable busway.

Running between Houghton Regis, Dunstable and Luton, the Busway is part of the Council’s commitment to improve public transport, making getting to work, going to the shops and travelling around town easier and more affordable for the local community.

The Busway will provide a major boost to the local economy, reducing congestion, ensuring journeys are quicker and more reliable, as well as improving the health of locals, enabling them to do their bit for the environment.

Why is the busway being introduced?

Currently, about 43,000 vehicles travel along the A505 and other routes between Houghton Regis, Dunstable and Luton each day. The busway will divert some buses away from the A505, helping to ease congestion. Busway services will cut the average peak hour journey time between Dunstable and Luton in half.

The average speed of a conventional bus over the 6 mile journey from Dunstable town centre to Luton train station is less than 13 miles an hour; the journey can take more than 1 hour. The Busway will do the same journey on its dedicated guideway in about 15 minutes, including three scheduled stops.

The busway will bypass the congestion at peak times by travelling along its own guideway and by using "bus only" routes in the town centres. Below are the expected typical journey times.

  • Luton Station and Dunstable Town Centre - 11 minutes
  • Dunstable and London Luton Airport - 19 minutes
  • Luton Town Centre and London Luton Airport - 9 minutes
  • Houghton Regis and Luton Station - 25 minutes.

Local attractions in Dunstable

The Grove Theatre

The Grove Theatre is situated on the edge of Grove Park in Dunstable, it has been open for five years now providing a range of performances, film screenings, workshops, tours, classes, community events, functions and wedding parties for the community.

Whipsnade Zoo

ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, formerly known as Whipsnade Wild Animal Park, is a zoo and safari park located at Whipsnade, near Dunstable in Bedfordshire. It is one of two zoos (the other being ZSL London Zoo in Regent's Park, London) that are owned by the Zoological Society of London (ZSL), a charity devoted to the worldwide conservation of animals and their habitats.

Dunstable Downs

Dunstable Downs are part of the Chiltern Hills, in southern Bedfordshire. They are a chalk escarpment forming the north-eastern reaches of the Chilterns. At 243 m (797 ft), Dunstable Downs are the highest point of the county of Bedfordshire

Because of its elevation, Dunstable Downs hosted a station in the shutter telegraph chain which connected the Admiralty in London to its naval ships in the port of Great Yarmouth during the years 1808 to 1814.

Whipsnade Zoo has cut an enormous lion shape into the chalk into the side of one of the hills. The lion can be seen from the B489 (Aylesbury to Dunstable road).

The downs are used by gliders, kite fliers, hang gliders and paragliders in the area because of their height. The London Gliding Club is based at the foot of the downs.

Much of the downs are managed by the National Trust as part of the Dunstable Downs, Countryside Centre & Whipsnade Estate property.

The Priory church

The Priory Church of St Peter with its monastery (Dunstable Priory) was founded in 1132 by Henry I for Augustinian Canons in Dunstable, Bedfordshire, England.

St Peter’s today is a large and impressive building, but this is only the nave of what remains of an originally much larger Augustinian priory church. The monastic buildings consisted of a dormitory for the monks, an infirmary, stables, workshops, bakehouse, brew house and buttery. There was also a hostel for pilgrims and travelers, the remains of which are known today as Priory House.

Opposite the Priory was one of the royal palaces belonging to Henry I, otherwise known as Kingsbury.

 

 

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