Roberta Blackman-Woods, MP for the City of Durham, has today welcomed the news that Durham County Council have asked members of the public to submit ideas of what they would like to see in a newly refurbished bus station on North Road in Durham.
In 2016, Durham County Council consulted on plans for a new bus station as part of a complete redesign of the North Road area, however these plans were inappropriate for such an historic city, and raised a number of serious safety concerns for bus drivers and passengers.
Following the release of the plans in 2016, Roberta led a campaign involving local residents, union officials and bus companies to get the local authority to look again at the design and safety issues of these plans, and to develop a new scheme to refurbish the existing bus station site.
The council is now seeking the views of the public to make sure that the new bus station makes a positive contribution to the built environment in Durham. A set of initial proposals will then be produced for consultation later in the year. Members of the public have been asked to send their comments to firstname.lastname@example.org, and Roberta has also called a public meeting on Friday 1 March 2019 from 5.30pm to 7pm at Alington House, 4 North Bailey, Durham, DH1 3ET to discuss the bus station and licensing issues in Durham.
“I’m very pleased that members of the public are being encouraged to submit ideas for a new bus station on the existing site, and that Durham County Council have listened to local residents, bus drivers and myself about the unsuitability of the previous plans.
It’s really important that the whole site is redeveloped to provide a high quality building in keeping with the historic city centre, and that it is a safe, clean and comfortable space not only for passengers and staff, but for the bus drivers who will use it too.
I hope that as many people as possible will get involved in these initial discussions. I look forward to working with the local community and the council on this, and will continue to liaise with the bus companies and unions to ensure that we get an excellent new and technologically driven bus station and travel interchange that Durham deserves.”