Everything you need to know about the new £10m Durham city bus station
Construction work on the new £10.4million bus station in Durham City’s North Road will start in less than two weeks.
Workers will be on site from Monday, February 15, to begin the project, with the current bus station closing to passengers and temporary stops being put in place close by.
What will the new station look like?
Artist impressions show what the inside and outside of the new station will look like and will also offer improved visibility and safety for buses leaving the station.
The reversing area will also be increased for buses leaving bays and the exit onto North Road will be widened to improve visibility, with additional pedestrian access also being created.
Inside, there will also be increased facilities including parent and child toilets and a changing places toilet, as well as improved seating and space in the passenger waiting area. The plans also include a two-storey area with office space.
Where will I be able to catch a bus?
From 15 February, all services which normally stop at the bus station will be relocated to the eastern side of North Road and nearby Milburngate. This will start with stand A at the northern end of North Road towards the viaduct and work back towards the city centre.
New stands are being installed along North Road to accommodate these changes and Durham County Council has made some temporary changes to the road layout to accommodate the bus stops.
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When will the building be demolished?
When the bus station closes, hoardings will be installed around the site and the internal demolition will commence. Once all internal hazardous materials are removed staff will then be able to look to demolish the bus station building itself.
Following on from the demolition there are a number of groundworks to be carried out before construction will begin on the new bus station later in the spring.
The redevelopment is expected to take 18 months to complete.
What impact will the new bus station have?
In March 2020, the North East region was awarded £198million from the Government's Transforming Cities Fund to aid the delivery of sustainable transport capital measures and the bus station project is the first scheme in the North East to benefit from the funds, with the additional £6.8million provided by Durham County Council.
Last month The North East Joint Transport Committee (JTC) allocated £3.6million towards the project following a successful bid from the council.
Once complete it will help support businesses in their recovery from the coronavirus pandemic by attracting visitors to Durham via the station.
Coun Carl Marshall, Durham County Council Cabinet member for economic regeneration, who also represents Durham on the North East JTC and is the North East board member for Transport for the North, said: “We’re very pleased to be able to announce the date that work will begin on creating this exciting new facility, which once completed will be a huge improvement on the existing site.
“I’d like to take this opportunity to thank residents and visitors for their patience and understanding as we install temporary changes to bus stops in the city while we redevelop the current station into a state-of-the-art transport hub for County Durham.”