Work on a £1.6m scheme to revamp Lynn’s bus station and improve the links between the bus station and the railway station are set to get underway from Tuesday, January 6.
The King’s Lynn Transport Interchange project plans to improve the look of the town by completely remodelling the bus station, as well as introducing new street exits, widened pavements and improvements to pedestrian crossings.
Cllr Alistair Beales, Cabinet Member for Regeneration, said: “This is another major regeneration project for the town, which will add to the already completed Tuesday Market Place and Saturday Market Place schemes.
“The enhancements will help improve the visitor experience when they arrive in the town by public transport –whether that be by train or bus. Better use of the available space could even enable additional bus services to be added in the future, which is great news for everyone.”
He added: “Safety and accessibility are also key parts of the scheme with widened paving areas, new street furniture, improved lighting and adjustments to the CCTV coverage making the whole area a more pleasant and attractive environment.”
The project will be carried out on a phased basis to minimise disruption. Work on the public highway will be done during off-peak hours wherever possible to avoid any further disruption to motorists.
Richard Pengelly, general manager of Norfolk Green, said: “The new look bus station will dramatically improve the customer experience making it safer and offering significantly more shelter. In working in partnership with the Borough Council the revised layout offers the potential capacity to enhance existing services and look at introducing new routes.”
The full works are due to be completed in June 2015. This five-month scheme is being led by the borough council, with £1m funding from Tesco and Sainsburys, and an additional £600,000 from the borough council and Norfolk County Council.
Cllr Toby Coke, chairman of the Environment, Development and Transport Committee at Norfolk County Council, said: “These improvements will really enhance the public transport experience for Lynn residents and those travelling into the area. On the whole the work should make travelling by bus or train to and from Lynn safer, more convenient and more enjoyable.”
Go to www.west-norfolk.gov.uk/busstationworks for updates, or follow @KLTIWorks on Twitter for all the latest news on the project.