Worksop: Bus station plans get green light

Artists impression of the new Worksop Bus Station
Artists impression of the new Worksop Bus Station

Worksop’s £3.2 million new bus station has been given the go-ahead by Notts County Council’s planning and licensing committee.

Councillors voted unanimously to grant planning permission for the new interchange to be built at the junction of Newcastle Street and Watson Road.

It will take up part of Queen Street car park and replace the existing bus stops on Hardy Street and Ryton Street. The car park will close for a month from March to allow work to start.

County council, bus operator Stagecoach and Bassetlaw Council have been working closely to plan for the station.

Once built, the running costs will be shared between the two local authorities.

Work is scheduled to start on the bus station this summer with its opening planned for spring 2015.

“I am delighted that, after many years of waiting, Worksop is finally getting a bus station that is fit for purpose and of which they can be rightly proud,” said county council leader Alan Rhodes.

“As well as encouraging more people to use public transport, the new bus station will provide a major boost to the economy of the town centre, making it a more attractive place to work, shop and do business.”

The first sign of work beginning to take place will come next month when the public car park adjacent to the site closes for a month. When it reopens it will be in its final form with fewer parking spaces, but a newly laid surface and new lighting.

Shortly afterwards, work will begin to create a left turn from Watson Road into Newcastle Street, along with other improvements at the junction and the main construction work on the building starting in the summer

The new bus station will use design elements previously seen at other recently opened council bus stations such as Retford, Newark and Mansfield.

The design features a staffed information point, toilets, seating, electronic information screens and CCTV.

Eight bus bays will cater not only for existing demand in the town but also allow for future growth.