ED001 18 Growth Plan UK location mapBedford is one of the most exciting and fast growing towns in the UK - and the perfect place to launch a DAB radio service.

Less than an hour’s drive to London on the M1 motorway, connected via major train lines and close to London Luton Airport, it's ideally situated. With close links to Cambridge University and nearby centres of technology and finance such as Milton Keynes, Northampton and Luton.

  • A historic town on the River Great Ouse
  • Nearly 5,500 businesses employing some 80,000 people
  • Sub-10 minute access to the M1 and A1 on the newly dualled A421
  • Fast access to London by train (35 mins)
  • 30 minutes to 80 international flights
  • 30 million peoples (half the UK population) within a 2 hour drive
  • World renowned educational excellence
  • Over 37% qualified to degree level or higher
  • 85,200 workforce with 40,000 university students within 30 miles
  • Centrally located in a technology and innovation corridor

Education and Skills

  • 74 State Schools including Academies
  • 10 Private Schools including 4 Harpur Trust which achieved on average 97% A* to C GCSE
  • Bedford College: 13,300 students
  • University of Bedfordshire: 24,000 students from over 100 countries
  • Cranfield University: 4,650 post-grad students from over 100 countries

Housing and Growth

  • 40,280 homes in Bedford and Kempston, 20,968 in rural areas
  • 6,760 new homes built (2001-2014)
  • 6,700 new homes built (2015-2021)


  • 470 retail stores and major development schemes under construction
  • 30 miles of water with waterside walks
  • 2,350 acres of accessible green space
  • 6 cinema screens and 4 theatre venues
  • The Higgins Bedford museum and art gallery
  • Leading adrenalin and sports attractions
  • 560 miles of countryside footpaths