Work begins on town’s £1 million transport interchange
PUBLISHED: 16:56 25 January 2013 | UPDATED: 09:30 26 January 2013
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Long-anticipated work to improve the transport links at Lowestoft station has officially got under way.
Suffolk County Council, Waveney District Council and rail franchise holder Greater Anglia are working together to develop a new transport interchange to improve bus, taxi, cycle and pedestrian access at the gateway to the town.
Civic leaders, including county and district councillors and Waveney MP Peter Aldous, joined representatives of Greater Anglia at the station yesterday to mark the beginning of the £1 million scheme.
The planned work, which is expected to be finished by July, includes resurfacing the car park and adjoining land to create an extra 70 marked spaces, redesigning the taxi rank and installing two modern bus shelters with real time travel information boards.
Guy McGregor, Suffolk County Council‘s cabinet member for roads and transport, said the start of the project was “great news” for Lowestoft.
He said: “The changes being made will help to reduce traffic congestion in the town by making walking, cycling and bus travel more attractive for people. It will also increase the number of people catching the train and take some of the traffic congestion off the A12.”
Colin Law, leader of Waveney District Council, added: “The plans for this part of Lowestoft are spectacular and what is exciting is that the initial work builds into Waveney District Council’s own vision for regenerating Lowestoft town centre.”