As work continues apace on Lynn’s new bus station – or “traffic interchange” as the borough council calls it – I await with some fascination the arrival of the new canopy, which will be one of the stand-out features of this major regeneration project.
With only the artist’s impressions to go by so far, it is difficult to make a rational judgment at the moment about the manner in which the canopy is going to stand out – will it be in the best, or worst, possible way?
The design does look somewhat futuristic, and at this stage it is hard to guess if it will fit in with the general ambience of the town centre – which in itself lurches from the modernist Vancouver Quarter through to the historic waterfront.
Above all, will it be a practical addition to the town’s facilities? A large proportion of the area’s bus users – including myself – are pensioners, and I wonder, at this stage, if the fancy design is going to provide adequate protection for us while we are waiting in the new bays for buses.
The bus station has a location that is slightly elevated from Railway Road, and the east wind tends to whip in on wintry days and swirl around in a most uncomfortable manner. When you get older you tend to feel the cold more, and a bit of comfort is more appreciable than some architect’s flight of fancy that might be a fashionable talking point, but lets in the wind and rain (or even snow and hail) on its eastern flank.
However, it is still a bit early to be curmudgeonly, and I will await the arrival of the canopy before I pass final judgement. Certainly, the bits of the bus station that are already complete look promising, and it will not be too long to June (doesn’t time fly once the clocks are changed?) for the final traffic interchange to emerge.
And while we regular bus station users grump at the inconvenience caused by the temporary bus stops in place while the work proceeds, I reckon the resident s of the surrounding streets deserve a medal for the levels of disruption they are having to endure for months on end.
Access to this part of town is never easy at the best of times, but it must be a nightmare at the moment. Let’s hope it is all worth it.
Elsewhere in Lynn, I see the borough are in negotiations to purchase the old silo site on the South Quay.
This is a positive step in the long-running saga over the future use of an important site in one of the most historically-sensitive areas of the town.
This should help the council ensure that any future use of the site chimes in general harmony with their strategies for the South Quay and riverside area, rather than some of the more recent proposals.