Consultation begins this week on a major £1.2m project to enhance and improve the bus station area in King’s Lynn and the links between King’s Lynn railway station and the town centre.
Proposals are on display at the bus information office and are also available in Sainsbury’s town centre store.
Scheme highlights include:
• Installation of new modern canopy to provide an extended waiting area and shelter for passengers
• Increased public space/pedestrian area in front of bus station office and Sainsbury’s to relieve pedestrian congestion at peak times.
• New street furniture including cycle storage, seating, bins and lighting
• New exit onto Albion Street/Railway Road for north-bound bus services
• Increase in arrival bays from 1 to 2
• Refurbished toilets including ‘external facelift’ to the bus station
• Refurbished information office with improved digital travel and visitor information
• Reduction in the number of layover bays for buses and coaches to improve the efficiency and use of the bus station area
• Widened pavements along Old Market Street and Waterloo Street
• Waterloo Street changed to ‘access only’ for residents
• Widened bus lay by at the railway station to cater for increased bus services
• Improvements to pedestrian crossing at Blackfriars Road and Railway Road
The scheme is being funded by Sainsbury’s and Tesco Stores. It is designed to mitigate the impact of out-of-town retail developments by providing attractive gateways and arrival points into the town centre.
The works will also ensure that it is easy for people to find their way into town and that routes from the bus and railway station are accessible.
Cllr Alistair Beales, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Commercial Assets, said: “This is a really exciting project for the town. I hope people will take part in the consultation and let us know what they think of our initial designs.
“They have been developed based on feedback from a survey we carried out with bus station users last year, so we hope we’ve got the ideas right.”
The consultation runs until 20 July. Comments and feedback will be considered and the proposals refined in order for the final planning application to be prepared.
It is likely that a planning application will be submitted in August, with a view to work beginning on site in October/November.
Drop-in sessions where people can speak to a council representative about the project will take place at the bus station information office as follows
1 July 10am – 12 noon
3 July 3pm – 5pm
5 July 10am – 12 noon
7 July 12 noon – 2pm
8 July 2pm – 4pm
11 July 8.30am – 10.30am
14 July 1pm – 3pm
15 July 11am – 1pm
18 July 9am – 11am
For more information on the proposed changes, see the King’s Lynn Transport Interchange brochure (pdf 4mb).
Feedback on the proposals can be made using the council survey.