Views sought on new Durham Bus Station
What should a new Durham bus station look like?
We're asking members of the public for their ideas for a new bus station as it develops plans for the future of the facility.
We're considering proposals to demolish the existing North Road structure and build a more modern, welcoming facility for bus users on the same site - and we want to put residents' views at the heart of our plans.
Cllr Carl Marshall, our Cabinet member for economic regeneration, said: "We want to offer visitors to our area the best possible welcome but the bus station in its current state just does not do our county justice.
"This is an opportunity to create a bright, modern new bus station, offering improved facilities for both residents and visitors on the existing site.
"Built in the 1970s, the current bus station is now past its best and as a major transport hub for the region and the county we need to develop a proposal that provides first class facilities and helps improve access to public transport."
In 2016, we consulted on plans for a major redesign of the site as part of the proposed wider development of the North Road area. However, the scheme received a mixed response from local residents and was also proving difficult to deliver due to the financial climate and the difficulties currently facing high streets around the country.
Having both listened to the public responses to, and considered the rising costs of the previous scheme, we are now looking to move forward and are asking the public for their views on the best way forward.
The feedback received will be used to develop initial proposals which will go out to consultation later in the year.
We're also speaking to stakeholders including Area Action Partnerships and community groups in order to ensure everyone's views are represented.
We will be taking comments up until Thursday 21 March with feedback being used to shape the design process during the following months. We hope to be able to consult on our proposals by the end of the year, with a view to submitting a planning application in early 2020. Demolition of the existing bus station and construction of the new building would then take place between April 2020 and July 2021.
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