Universal has confirmed that plans for a UK theme park are entering the next phase after land was purchased in Bedford last year. Following the UK Government showing support for the project, things have been moving forward swiftly.

Universal originally stated they were undertaking important early-stage work, including meeting with local and national stakeholders and staking out the site's accessibility. But now Universal is running a public engagement period until 3rd May, 2024 where locals can have their say. 

A Public Engagement Period

Universal will host two public events on the 13th and 16th April, where locals are encouraged to turn up and share their views. Alongside these events, Universal has released a survey where everyone can share their opinions about this new development – questions cover everything from accessibility to thoughts about the local economy.

Mohammed Yasin, Labour MP for Bedford & Kempston, has encouraged the public to share their thoughts. He also stated: 

“I am pleased that after months of confidential discussions on the project and progress on this exciting development, we are now in a position to release some information into the public domain. I have been clear from the start with Universal that it is important that to keep public support they are as transparent as possible and I am pleased that at such an early stage of the project public engagement has begun. I would encourage everyone to share their views.”

So, what’s next for Universal GB? We’re hoping that once the public engagement period has concluded in May, we’ll hear confirmation of the theme park going ahead towards the end of the year. Check back with Themepark+ to stay updated.