New Bus Station Update
NEW BUS STATION UPDATE
Planning application for new bus station submitted
The Reserved Matters planning application for the new bus station has now been submitted to Exeter City Council. This application is for approval of the layout, scale, appearance of the buildings, the means of access and landscaping. Conditional, outline planning permission was granted on 20th January 2016.
The application is available on line by clicking HERE. You can make representations or comments about the application via this link, or in writing or by e-mail. The earliest a decision could be made on this application is 18th August 2016, but a committee date has not yet been set.
Interim bus station arrangements agreed
Members of Exeter City Council’s Leisure Complex and Bus Station Programme Board have voted unanimously in favour of proceeding with interim bus station arrangements in the city centre.
The decision comes after two additional information events took place in Southernhay and Sidwell Street to display plans and take on board feedback on the temporary measures. The other option of using the Triangle Car Park was not progressed after taking on board the views of local residents and businesses.
Subject to Devon County Council approval, a temporary traffic solution will now also be put in place to allow traffic to access two of the Princesshay car parks via Southernhay East, whilst construction works take place.
Councillors voted in favour of proceeding with a design that will retain bus stands in the city centre. Discussions will continue with National Express, Megabus and Devon County Council in relation to implementing appropriate solutions for long distance coaches.
In order to build a state of the art bus station for Exeter, the existing bus station, opened in 1964, will need to close. Bus stands and some facilities currently provided in the station will need to be temporarily relocated during construction, which is anticipated to last around 18 months.
Temporary measures will include:
• A minimum of 12 bus stands / stops – with weather protection and information for passengers
• A minimum of 13 layover bays
• A travel centre / ticket sales shop
• Identification / provision of suitable nearby public toilet facilities
• Driver welfare facilities – showers, lockers, resting area
• Bus operator facilities – office accommodation, paying in facilities, operations management facilities
• Directional signage, including tactile/braille for the public advising of the bus stands and services at each stand
Seven stands will be based on Sidwell Street North, five on Sidwell Street South, five on Paris Street and four on Cheeke Street. Layover bays will be located on Red Lion Lane, Verney Sreet, Bampfylde Street, Paris Street, Summerland Street and Sidwell Street.
The decision means avoiding having to relocate the market or taxi rank or use the Triangle Car Park.
Temporary facilities will need to be in place by 30 March 2017, the date the existing bus station site needs to be vacant. Highways alteration works in Sidwell Street and Paris Street would commence this December/January, with the works in Southernay commencing January/February.
The interim arrangements will be in place until the new bus station is completed and open to the public, this is scheduled for December 2018. Areas that had been remodelled during the temporary arrangements will be returned to their current layout.
The team working on the scheme will now develop the detailed design and consult with accessibility groups, bus user groups and key partners. They are looking to identify a suitable travel centre for ticket sales, driver welfare facilities, appoint a highways contractor to undertake the works and make sure the a comprehensive signage strategy is in place to minimise disruption.
For more information go to exeter.gov.uk/busstation
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