New town bus depot cost up by £500,000

First published in News

ANDOVER’S new £2.9 million bus depot is going to cost significantly more than originally expected – largely as a result of delays and an expansion in scope of the project.

Hampshire County Council boss Ken Thornber was told that the project needed £500,000 more than originally anticipated. An additional £200,000 is needed as a result of legal delays while £300,000 more capital has been earmarked to extend the scope of the station in order to provide the community with a viable project.

In his report Hampshire County Council’s transport strategy manager Andrew Wilson, said: “The new bus station will create a much improved gateway to the town centre and contribute to the regeneration of the area by improving pedestrian areas between the town centre and Andover College, the Lights and Andover Leisure Centre.

“The new cafe will also create an area where people wil spend time rather than simply pass through .

“This will help to attract more people into the town centre shopping area and will help boost trade for the businesses within the Chantry Centre.”

Finance for the bus station will come from housing developer contributions resulting from Andover’s expansion.

Work is expected to begin in March and will continue for 52 weeks.

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12:43pm Tue 12 Feb 13

i-speak-the-truth says...

Let us hope Andrew Wilson has got the intelligence and has negotiated a fixed price contract for these works. if he hasn't I can confidently predict it's going to cost a whole lot more than this before it's finished.
Let us hope Andrew Wilson has got the intelligence and has negotiated a fixed price contract for these works. if he hasn't I can confidently predict it's going to cost a whole lot more than this before it's finished. i-speak-the-truth
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12:43pm Tue 12 Feb 13

burleyg says...

What planet do these counci representatives live on?
"The new bus station will create a much improved gateway to the town centre and contribute to the regeneration of the area by improving pedestrian areas between the town centre and Andover College, the Lights and Andover Leisure Centre" - Nothing that a simple coat or paint, maybe new flooring and some decenta lighting would address


“The new cafe will also create an area where people wil spend time rather than simply pass through" - Its a bus station! A transit area from where people live and work to where they work, live or want to shop! There are plenty of good cafe's in town, large chain & independant. Why is another one needed in the station?

“This will help to attract more people into the town centre shopping area and will help boost trade for the businesses within the Chantry Centre.” - Spend the £2.9 million, plus of course the extra £0.5m on attracting new businesses into the town centre or how about reducing or eliminating parking charges - radical eh!
What planet do these counci representatives live on? "The new bus station will create a much improved gateway to the town centre and contribute to the regeneration of the area by improving pedestrian areas between the town centre and Andover College, the Lights and Andover Leisure Centre" - Nothing that a simple coat or paint, maybe new flooring and some decenta lighting would address “The new cafe will also create an area where people wil spend time rather than simply pass through" - Its a bus station! A transit area from where people live and work to where they work, live or want to shop! There are plenty of good cafe's in town, large chain & independant. Why is another one needed in the station? “This will help to attract more people into the town centre shopping area and will help boost trade for the businesses within the Chantry Centre.” - Spend the £2.9 million, plus of course the extra £0.5m on attracting new businesses into the town centre or how about reducing or eliminating parking charges - radical eh! burleyg
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6:41am Wed 13 Feb 13

Lol the Troll says...

I agree , surely a cafe has nothing to do with transport! Who is going to run it?
It is insulting to the population that we believe the claims made by HCC.
You can't polish a Tu*r*d but Hampshire County Council’s transport strategy manager Andrew Wilson makes a pretty good job of it!
I agree , surely a cafe has nothing to do with transport! Who is going to run it? It is insulting to the population that we believe the claims made by HCC. You can't polish a Tu*r*d but Hampshire County Council’s transport strategy manager Andrew Wilson makes a pretty good job of it! Lol the Troll
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