Kings Lynn bus station set for £1.2m facelift.
Detailed plans have been drawn on the back of feedback from passengers who believe the station is in desperate need of modernisation
The project will be funded with £1m from supermarkets Tesco and Sainsbury’s plus £200,000 from the county council.
Alistair Beales, West Norfolk council cabinet member for regeneration, said: “This is an extremely exciting plan for the town and would be a massive step forward for Kings Lynn.
“The changes would bring fresher, better looking facilities, provide better access for buses, taxis and pedestrians and improve pedestrian access to the railway station.
“We launched a survey in December to get a feeling of what the people of Kings Lynn wanted and we came up with these proposals.
“Hopefully our vision matches those of the people of Kings Lynn.”
Further consultations will take place until July 20, with the hope of submitting a planning application by August.
The improvements proposed in the plan includes:
. A new feature canopy to provide better shelter for people waiting at departure bays
. Improvements to pedestrian links between the bus and railway station, which could see Waterloo Street turned into a “access only” zone
. Changes to location of departure bays and an increase in arrival bays
. Relocation of the taxi rank into the Vancouver car park to make way for a new exit for north-bound buses
. Refurbishment of public toilets and information office
. Widened bus layby and pedestrian crossing at railway station
. Improvements to pedestrian crossing at Blackfriars Road and Railway Road
. Real time travel information signs
. Replacement of street furniture such as street lights and seating.
Should the plan be given the go ahead, the council aims to complete the station for May 2015.
Passengers surrounded information boards in Sainsbury’s highlighting the plans, the majority of which hoping the proposals come to fruition.
Kerry Jones, from Dereham, said that the station overhaul was in desperate need.
She said: “When you arrive into the bus station it’s not a pretty sight.
“You get there and it’s dirty, it looks deprived, broken, the facilities are well past their time and you don’t get a warm feeling.
“It’s a shame because Kings Lynn is a nice town, but for people who don’t live here to arrive to something like that, they probably wouldn’t want to come back.”
These opinions were supported by many bus-users including Rosemary Lomax who remembers when the bus stop was by the libary many years ago.
“When it was by the libary it was a lot better, there was more space for buses they didn’t have to park in the centre of the road like some of them do now.
“I don’t think anybody particularly likes the current station, it’s a bit too small, too dirty and the seating is terrible.
“The job the council did on the train station was great, so if they can do anything similar to that, and bring it up to the level of Norwich coach station, then I will be very happy.”
Drop in sessions where people can speak to a council represenative about the proposed changes take place at the bus information office on the following dates: July 1, 10am-noon; July 3, 3pm-5pm; July 5, 10am-12 noon; July 7, noon-12pm; July 8, 2pm-4pm, July 11, 8.30am-10.30am; July 14 1pm-3pm; July 15, 11am-1pm; July 18, 9am-11am.
Proposals can be viewed at the bus station information office, Sainsbury’s town centre store and online at www.west-norfolk.gov.uk/haveyoursay where there is a survey to gather opinions on the changes.