Plan to move Norfolk bus station produces mixed reaction

The site of the current Diss bus station in Park Road The site of the current Diss bus station in Park Road

Thursday, August 14, 2014
6:49 PM

The proposal to move a town’s bus station from its current location to an existing car park on the other side of the road has attracted a mixed reaction from readers.

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South Norfolk councillors representing Diss are looking into the possibility of moving the bus station from its current Park Road site to the South Norfolk Council-owned car park at Mere Park to enable it to cope with future demand and prevent visitors from having to cross the busy Park Road.

Councillor Tony Palmer said the attraction of this relocation would be that there would be more space for the buses and there were already facilities in place for passengers, including toilets and an information board.

He added passengers would be able to walk from the bus stop to the town centre without having to cross the busy road, which they do at present, while a footpath could be created from the station to link up with Madgett’s Walk to enable people to walk down by the mere and into town.

However, Tony Brazier, who lives in Diss, disagreed the move would help town centre businesses, adding that people who used the existing bus station did so to visit the Morrisons and Tesco supermarkets in Victoria Road.

He did not believe switching the station to the park side of the road would make it easier for buses to pull in and out because the entrance was already on the right side for the majority of buses, which approached from the railway bridge and therefore did not have to wait for a gap in oncoming traffic.

“Another barmpot idea from South Norfolk Council.

“Over the years Diss trading has suffered at the hands of the district council. Changing one way systems, charging for parking (with parking free in both Harleston and Long Stratton) and other stupid ideas from the council have virtually closed the centre of Diss as far as trading is concerned,” Mr Brazier said.

But Rachel Turner-Hewitt, of Appletree Lane, Roydon, supported the idea.

She said: “At last someone has finally realised that the current site is inadequate to cope.

“Visitors who arrive in Diss, possibly for the first time, must be shocked to see the lack of facilities, the nearest toilets are across the road at the park, which would be fine if the bus station was relocated there.

“I have lived in Diss all of my life and the bus station has never been updated so this proposal could only improve our lovely Norfolk town.”

What do you think? Email dominic.bareham@archant.co.uk.

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