Lynn’s bus station will be opened to all services from next Monday, June 29, following a £1.6 million revamp of the site, it has been announced this afternoon.
For the past three months, southbound services, including the 505 to Spalding and the X1 to Peterborough, have been using temporary stops in Portland Street while the regeneration work is completed.
Northbound buses were also moved out of the interchange for a few days earlier this month to enable resurfacing work to take place.
Now, although some work is set to continue around the site for another two weeks, West Norfolk Council says the station is ready to accommodate all services.
The authority’s deputy leader, Alistair Beales, said: “This has been a major project which has required the support of so many people.
“We are grateful to the bus operators who have worked so closely with us to minimise disruption to passengers and our particular thanks go to public transport users, cyclists, pedestrians, residents and motorists who have been inconvenienced by this work.
“We know it’s been difficult, but we are nearly there now. The buses are moving back in on Monday and, within a couple of weeks, all the finishing touches should be completed.”
As part of the project, the interchange will become a smoke-free zone from Monday. A new bus station officer, Joe Reekie, has been appointed to ensure the station operates smoothly and enforce the new regulations, if required.
The council says the site’s toilets and information office have both been refurbished, while new canopies are intended to provide protection for passengers from the weather.
The taxi rank has also been moved to a new covered position in the Vancouver Quarter car park, while cycle storage facilities are expected to be installed next month. New short-term parking spaces have also been created for drivers collecting or dropping off bus passengers.
Mr Beales added: “We hope that people will soon start to reap the benefit of this refurbishment project, but we are asking them to bear with us for a little bit longer whilst we finish the remaining paving work, implement the promised residents’ parking permit scheme and complete the improvements at the front of the railway station.”