Work starts on Andover's new bus station in the spring

Work starts on Andover's new bus station in the spring

Work starts on Andover's new bus station in the spring

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PLANS to redevelop Andover Bus Station are moving forward with the completion of complex legal negotiations and agreements that will now allow a contractor to be appointed and work to start to start in the spring.

Transport capital funding of £2.9 million is set to be invested in extending and refurbishing the bus station needed to cope with the town’s expanding population.

The finance will come from contributions from developers responsible for major commercial and housing construction schemes in the area, as part of their planning agreements to improve facilities for bus passengers. This is in addition to the junction and highway improvements that are taking place to support these developments. Local councils say development of the bus station is an integral component of the Andover Town Access Plan. In developing the Plan, it was recognised that the capacity of the bus station would need to be increased to cope with the anticipated increase in the number of passengers and buses coming from the major development areas of East Anton, Picket Twenty and Andover Airfield. The new facilities will provide the following benefits, additional space for buses and coaches, an enclosed waiting and internal seating area, a bus enquiry office staffed by the main bus operator, a café, a Shopmobility facility, office accommodation for the bus operator and electronic passenger information systems.

Councillor Ken Thornber, Leader of Hampshire County Council, said: “A new bus station would make a significant contribution to improving bus travel to and from Andover. “There are clearly benefits for bus users with passengers being able to enjoy a more comfortable waiting area and regularly updated travel information. Leader of Test Valley Borough Council, Councillor Ian Carr said " With the developments at East Anton, Andover Airfield and Picket Twenty, it is important that bus services expand to support this economic growth, The enhancement also fits well with the aspirations of the recent Andover Summit to revitalise the town. The redevelopment of the bus station will deliver an enclosed, welcoming and comfortable place to wait for a bus, greatly improving the facilities for existing and new bus passengers visiting the town." During the construction period the bus station will be closed and arrangements will be in place for temporary bus stops to be located nearby. More details of the arrangements will be available nearer the construction start time. The pedestrian link through the bus station into the Chantry Centre will be maintained while work is under way.

Work is expected to start in Spring 2013 and will take approximately 12 months to complete. Test Valley Borough Council and Friends Life plc will retain ownership of the bus station and Stagecoach will be the principal bus provider operating out of the bus station.

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9:37pm Tue 29 Jan 13

AndrewRH says...

Are there any facilities included for people who ride their bicycles to there?

ie improvements for separated (safer) bicycle paths and bicycle parking, as NHS NICE are calling on councils to provide
Are there any facilities included for people who ride their bicycles to there? ie improvements for separated (safer) bicycle paths and bicycle parking, as NHS NICE are calling on councils to provide AndrewRH
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1:38pm Fri 1 Feb 13

Derf says...

Basically introducing all the same facilities the old bus station in Bridge Street had then.
Basically introducing all the same facilities the old bus station in Bridge Street had then. Derf
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7:14pm Mon 4 Feb 13

The Unknownone says...

Why are they even concentrating on the bus station? The town centre is doomed!! Have you seen how many shops are vacant? With more to close and the only shops opening (which aren't even shops to be fair) are betting shops!
Papering over gaping holes will not work and as for transportation... The state of Andovers roads are a disgrace, drive down Claredon Ave or Millway Road or the road from Tesco roundabout to the Folly! Shocking!! Who actually runs this town? Because they are doing a POOR job of it!
Why are they even concentrating on the bus station? The town centre is doomed!! Have you seen how many shops are vacant? With more to close and the only shops opening (which aren't even shops to be fair) are betting shops! Papering over gaping holes will not work and as for transportation... The state of Andovers roads are a disgrace, drive down Claredon Ave or Millway Road or the road from Tesco roundabout to the Folly! Shocking!! Who actually runs this town? Because they are doing a POOR job of it! The Unknownone
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