Work presses ahead on bus station revamp

Peterlee Bus Station, Bede Way, Peterlee
Peterlee Bus Station, Bede Way, Peterlee
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A REVAMP will be just the ticket for passengers as a bus station is given a host of improvements.

People passing through Peterlee Bus Station are already beginning to see work carried out after it was sold by Castle Dene Shopping Centre to Durham County Council.

Peterlee Bus Station, Bede Way, Peterlee

Peterlee Bus Station, Bede Way, Peterlee

Since the sale went through in December, it has already been given a fresh coat of paint, and as well as improved maintenance, further work is planned, with new seating and bins to be installed as well as a CCTV system.

The purchase of the station meant that the council now owns all of the bus stations in County Durham, which will also allow for greater coordination county-wide as well as more control in managing and allocating services at the station.

Peterlee’s station had been without seating since they were badly damaged by vandals and had to be removed, but while money was available, the work could not be carried out as the council did not own the site.

Councillor Neil Foster, cabinet member for economic regeneration, said: “Following the purchase of Peterlee Bus Station we’ve moved quickly to start work on improvements and there’s more planned for the near future.

Following the purchase of Peterlee Bus Station we’ve moved quickly to start work on improvements and there’s more planned for the near future.

Councillor Neil Foster, cabinet member for economic regeneration

“Following previous vandalism, we’re not only restoring and upgrading the facilities in the station but by installing CCTV we hope the increased security will prevent it from happening again.”