York set to get a new-look ‘central bus interchange’

9 Oct 2013 @ 6.39 pm
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Issued by City of York Council

Even more improvements are set to be made to York’s bus network with a project to create a new-look city central bus interchange area, if plans are approved at a decision session next week (17 October).

Following a package of improvements to stops and shelters across York in August, proposals will now see City of York Council upgrade existing city central bus stops into five interchange points.

Funded through part of the £3.5 million Better Bus Area Fund awarded to the council from the Department of Transport in 2012, the new interchanges will be at Piccadilly, Stonebow, Exhibition Square, the Railway Station and Rougier Street, which will be designated as the Central Interchange.

The Central Interchange area will serve many of the city’s high frequency urban buses, as well as buses to destinations outside of York, including services to Leeds, Hull and destinations on the East Coast.

The upgrade will also create a new bus shelter to replace the existing 20-year old red shelter on Rougier Street, which is designed to be in keeping with the architecture of the area and match other shelters used across the city centre.

In addition to this, new lighting and public art, which will be developed with York’s colleges and universities, will be incorporated into the general design, CCTV will be installed within the shelters and improvements will also be made to signage, information and mapping for bus passengers and pedestrian crossings.

Cllr Dave Merrett, Cabinet Member for Transport, Planning and Sustainability, said: “Through a package of improvements we are transforming York’s bus network, by investing and upgrading existing stops and facilities which will improve the general look and feel city wide but also attractiveness to current and new passengers.

“Encouraging even more people to travel by bus will increase overall bus use in York and also help towards reducing congestion and improving air quality.”

Local businesses and properties have also been consulted on the proposals through the planning application.

To view the proposals or to attend the decision session go here.