Norwich’s £5m bus station is to close for a week so repairs can take place to finally fix the long-running problem with its roof.

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The bus station, which opened in 2005, will be shut from 6am on Sunday, February 17 until midnight on Sunday, February 24 to make permanent repairs to its leaking roof.

In June last year, water poured through the roof into the main building containing the ticket office, café and toilets.

Norfolk County Council had to shut the station so its contractors could replace the flexible roof with a corrugated steel sheet, but bosses now want to make a more long-term repair.

And, in order to manage the number of buses which will instead use neighbouring roads, All Saints Green will be closed to all other traffic between Surrey Street and Queens Road for the duration of the works.

Bosses at Norfolk County Council, which owns the bus station, say it will enable the roof to be fixed, deep cleaning to take place and for essential drainage repairs to be done.

Timetables for buses that usually run from the bus station will be as normal, but the county council has arranged for pick up and drop off to take place at alternative stops on nearby streets.

Posters will be put up at the bus station and other bus stops around Norwich city centre giving details of the alternative stops, while staff will be available on the street to guide passengers to the right place to catch their buses.

The information will also be online at www.norfolk.gov.uk

The information centre, including the ticket desk, café and toilets will be closed and during the closure of the site there will be no access for pedestrians or vehicles to the concourse from the Surrey Street entrance or from Queens Road.

Pedestrians will, however, still be able to walk along the footway beside the YMCA. On-street parking will also be suspended on Surrey Street between All Saints Green and Queens Road.

It will still be possible to use the drop off parking area adjacent to Queens Road, but all vehicles have to turn right when leaving.

The county council has written to people in the neighbouring area to let them know the timings for the works taking place that week.

National Express tickets can be purchased from the Tourist Information Centre at the Forum or online.

Park and Ride tickets can be purchased on the bus, with ten-trip, monthly and annual tickets available to buy online at www.norfolk.gov.uk

For all other travel and ticket information people should ontact the operator directly or use traveline for journey planning www.traveline.org.uk

The council says the work is weather dependant and the timetable for completion of works may change.

10 comments

  • Don't waste money repairing the roof. The whole place needs wiping to the ground, relocating and rebuilding. It's an embarrassment to have such a so-called bus station in this city.

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    fryboy

    Wednesday, February 6, 2013

  • Vanishing comment syndrome strikes again. Got to http:www.nps.co.ukwhatwedo22projectgallery16 if you want a laugh, although £5.3 million on this white elephant is no laughing matter.

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    Police Commissioner ???

    Wednesday, February 6, 2013

  • The bus station is not fit for purpose and it is scandalous that it was ever commissioned. The old bus station provided better shelter, better facilities when they were still maintained and safer access for passengers. The halfwits who thought that long distance coaches unloading passenger luggage onto foot wide kerbs would be satisfactory, that passengers would want to dodge buses to access the stops, that they would use telepathy or intuition to spot the well hidden stop numbers and would want to walk far too many yards to find a taxi after getting off a late night coach should either be sacked or resign from their council seats. There was plenty of room on the site of the old bus station-if I am right some of the plot it occupied is still vacant and some was used for a YMCA which could have been anywhere.No one thought to negotiate a path through to upper St Stephens and no one seems to have considered safety, shelter and convenience ahead of the look of the place. Those who commissioned it should have been sent with their fares in their hands ( no BMWs allowed), on a tour of bus stations in other cities.

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    Daisy Roots

    Wednesday, February 6, 2013

  • A visit to the NPS website (see http:www.nps.co.ukwhatwedo22projectgallery16) is so revealing. They are still trumpeting the success of this 'flagship' project. In fact there is a brilliant aerial photo, which looks more like the mothership has landed than a flagship. Here's their promo .. I've brought it up to date with comments in brackets, 'A landmark building, giving an appropriate first impression of the city. [except when its broken] With six million passengers per year, [except for the weeks when its broken] the new bus station is part of the regeneration of the city of Norwich. The design incorporates a freestanding steel canopy, with aluminium panels and translucent fabric in tension. [soon to cause a lot of tension for commuters again] Glass enclosures protect passengers from the weather. [and the leaks?] Whilst presenting a modern image, the bus station fits well within the historic city and also removes 1,200 buses per day from street bus stops.' [except when its broken] .. they go on 'The aluminium-clad canopy is in two sections linked by a fabric tent. This promotes good natural ventilation, and allows diffused daylight to flood the concourse.' [not least when it has holes in it]. So at £5.3 million another fine job by NCC. No matter, a Plant needs plenty of water.

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    Police Commissioner ???

    Wednesday, February 6, 2013

  • I thought it was a design to create a wind tunnel effect because its certainly very good at that. Its freezing on that bus station especially with those metal seats and no shelter from the elements. And why do they keep changing the bus stops all the time? I get the park& ride because its a good way of keeping out of the city in my car but its not a pleasant experience at either end of the journey, and woe betide anyone who may want to avail themselves of the 'facilities' at the park and ride - there aren't any.

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    Mrs Meldrew

    Wednesday, February 6, 2013

  • So the roof has failed after 6 -7 years... So the new replacement would be expected to last at least 20 years. .. After lessons of the short time this roof has lasted... Planners have failed on this roof .. So get better planners to do a better job this time .. There are too many failures of many buildings in the UK ... Trying to do things on the cheap and ending up not fit for purpose and wasting public money..... Also improve standing queue areas and shelter people much better from cold winds.... Improvements should always be ongoing and buying land nearby should be a benefit for the future planning ..of this bus station... If I can think of this why can't the planners .. And do not make excuses that achieves nothing nor does to winge about money.... For once just get on and do it... Other countries put us to shame .. Wake up Norwich .. Those in charge .. Get in the real world and build and improve this bus station to a standard so that people will be proud of it ... or get someone who can...!

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    Lionel

    Wednesday, February 6, 2013

  • Mrs Meldrew will have also noticed that the facilities for ladies at the bus station are so cramped it is virtually impossible for a lady alone with luggage to use them with out leaving suitcases outside for someone to pinch . They are also so cramped that it is virtually impossible for mums with babies in buggies or with toddlers to use them. No doubt designed by a childless man and approved by men who never use public transport ie Norfolk county councillors.

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    Daisy Roots

    Wednesday, February 6, 2013

  • It`s a wind tunnel , there are no facilities on Sundays . You have to cross in front of buses to get to some stands . Buses have a job to get in and out . Should have had someone who knew about buses , to design the layout . And they shouldn`t have built the YMCA on part of the site . Surely someone should have looked at bus stations elsewhere in Britain , and produced a state of the art solution .

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    dragonfly

    Wednesday, February 6, 2013

  • What will the previous canvass roof be replaced with? Will it be a more substantial roof? Or will it be replaced with the same material which failed previously. And how does NCC plan to grovel for all the grief they have caused the many commuters and travelling public who use these buses, rather than driving into a congested City?

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Wednesday, February 6, 2013

  • What will the previous canvass roof be replaced with? Will it be a more substantial roof? Or will it be replaced with the same material which failed previously. And how does NCC plan to grovel for all the grief they have caused the many commuters and travelling public who use these buses, rather than driving into a congested City?

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Wednesday, February 6, 2013

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