Plans for Worksop’s £3m new bus station to go on display

PLANS for Worksop’s new £3 million bus station will go on public exhibition early next year.

Plans will be submitted soon afterwards and the finished interchange, at the junction of Newcastle Street and Watson Road, could be ready by summer 2014.

Notts County Council’s highways and transport committee have been told that, if everything runs to plan, work could begin on the bus station in autumn next year, with construction taking around nine months.

The County Council purchased a property in Newcastle Street in July, ending months of speculation over the likely site of the new facility.

It will replace the existing bus stops on Hardy Street and Ryton Street, and others in the town.

“The new bus station will help stimulate the economy of Worksop,” said Coun Richard Jackson, chairman of the transport and highways committee.

“We want the people of Worksop to have a bus station of which they can be proud and which they really feel is theirs.”

“For that reason we will be holding a public exhibition early next year to hear people’s views on what they would like to see in the bus station.”

“It is likely to be modelled closely on the bus station at Retford which celebrated its fifth birthday this year and is continuing to be a massive hit with passengers “

“The increase in usage is absolutely staggering and is due in no small part to the fact that the people of Retford now have a comfortable waiting environment with friendly and helpful staff on hand to provide assistance and information.”

“That’s exactly what we want for Worksop.”

The new scheme, thought to be costing around £3.2 million, will feature a staffed information point, toilets, seating, electronic information screens and CCTV. Retail units and a café may also be considered for the final design.

Subject to further design work, the new station will have eight bays operating a ‘drive in, reverse out’ arrangement.