Luton and Bedford are large towns in Bedfordshire, and are ideally placed between Oxford, Cambridge, London and Birmingham at the centre of the UK’s transport network. Milton Keynes and Aylesbury are equally well situated just in the neighbouring county of Buckinghamshire.
Bedford, Central Bedfordshire and Luton have benefited from major recent investment totalling more than ￡3.2billion.
Completed developments in and around Luton include the multi-million pound science park at Butterfield, the widening of the M1 motorway, the Luton Dunstable Busway, plus the Luton Town Centre Transport Scheme and on-going investment in the train stations and London Luton Airport.
The University itself contributes ￡300 million to the local economy each year.
Milton Keynes is the UK's fastest growing city, and in 2012 was recognised as the most attractive local authority area for business investment. MK offers some of the most exciting activities and best entertainment experiences in the UK, and is great place to live with its balance of urban and rural spaces.
Bedford is a riverside town, only 40 minutes from London by train. Bedford has excellent transport links to the rest of the UK as it sits between the M1 and A1.
Bedford’s surrounding area has a wealth of parks and open spaces including Bedford Park, near the University campus. The Box End Park water sports centre offers a variety of activities, while the Priory Marina offers sailing and windsurfing.
Bedford has museums and galleries and large-scale events such as the Bedford Regatta and the River Festival.
Slightly further afield from Bedford, there is lots of open country including Woburn Abbey and Woburn Safari Park, and the (RSPB) nature reserve at Sandy.
Luton is the largest town in Bedfordshire and is 50km north of London, so the capital is only a 30-minute train journey away. Surrounded by the beautiful North Chiltern Hills, it has excellent transport links to the rest of the UK and Europe. London Luton Airport is just 2.5km from the Luton University Square campus.
Luton is one of the UK's largest towns and also one of the most diverse. More than 100 different nationalities make up this vibrant, multicultural society, and a firm commitment to cultural integration has seen Luton become something of a model of amicable community relations.
Everyone in Luton benefits from all the facilities you would expect in a town of this size. Local healthcare services include dedicated local GPs and community nurses, and the large Luton and Dunstable University Hospital
Right at the heart of the town, The Mall indoor shopping centre has recently seen a ￡20m redevelopment and offers 130 stores. The surrounding streets and Luton's indoor market perfectly complement the centre, and act as yet another testament to the town's diversity.
The Galaxy Centre has an 11-screen cinema, 16 bowling lanes, pubs and restaurants all under one roof. There is also a thriving theatre and an arts centre which holds live music events, exhibitions and comedy nights.
Milton Keynes is the largest conurbation in the South East, outside London. Five businesses move to or expand in MK every month, and it's home to some of the world's most successful businesses. The business community is embracing UCMK as a great addition to the city.
Milton Keynes is a vibrant and diverse city bringing together theatre, museums and art all within the city centre and the surrounding areas.
It has numerous parks, leisure and sports facilities as well as great shopping, eating out and night life.
Aylesbury is a charming market town and is the county town of Buckinghamshire. The town centre has many pubs, clubs and bars, and is home to the Aylesbury Waterside Theatre, and the Queens Park Centre and Limelight Theatre, the UK's largest independent arts centre. Situated within reach of wonderful countryside and numerous tourist attractions.
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