Work starts on Telford bus station redevelopment
Work on the redevelopment of Telford’s bus station has now started.
Telford & Wrekin Council gave the green light for the plans for the bus station redevelopment earlier this year.
Construction will be carried out in phases, to ensure that there is no disruption to bus services during the build programme and that the pedestrian access into Telford Shopping Centre remains open.
Completion of the final phase of work on new bus station is planned for the Autumn 2017.
Initially the contractors, Interserve, are focussing on remodelling the entrances and footpaths, with demolition of the existing bus stands and construction of the new stands starting in the New Year.
Centre Manager Glynn Morrow said:
“We are delighted to see work starting on this important development project which will provide the town with a much-needed modern bus station. The new facility will transform this part of the town centre, providing a brighter, safer and more welcoming gateway to Telford.
“We are working closely with Telford & Wrekin Council, Interserve and bus operators Arriva to try to keep disruption to all of our visitors to a minimum.”
The new bus station will include a weather-protected canopy, automatic glass doors to allow access to the buses when they arrive on the stands and seating for customers. The area around the bus station will be completely re-landscaped.
It is hoped that the new bus station, which has been designed in close partnership with Telford & Wrekin Council as well as Arriva Midlands & Shires, will encourage increased use of public transport use by creating a better and safer environment for customers.
The new bus station is the next exciting phase of Telford town centre’s multi-million pound transformation. Work on the new Southern Quarter building is due for completion in the New Year, when the restaurant units will be handed over to TGI Fridays, Handmade Burger Company and Prezzo to fit out ahead of openings in the Spring.
The redevelopment of the Northern Quarter, on the site of the former ASDA store, is also underway and discussions advanced with a number of stores not currently represented in Telford Town Centre.
In September the council also gave the go-ahead for a new Fashion Quarter in the shopping centre. Work on the new mall, which will create larger stores required by modern retailers, will start next year.