Improvements planned for bus station
Press Release: 06/06/2017
Following discussions with Hampshire County Council and bus operators, Winchester City Council has announced that improvement works to the bus station are set to commence at the beginning of July. The 8 weeks works are due to be completed by September.
Buses will be re-routed from the semi-pedestrianised area of the High Street to create a safer environment for pedestrians and significant improvements to real time bus information are also planned. Both measures were identified as important to residents in a recent street survey.
Interim measures: July- September 2017
The works to the bus station during this time will include the demolition of one of the disused garage buildings to enable safer bus movement.
During this phase of work there will be some temporary changes to use of on-street parking in The Broadway to cater for displaced buses. The bus station will be closed and all bus operations will temporarily take place on The Broadway. The following changes will take place for the temporary period:
- All pay and display parking spaces will be suspended;
- The parking bays in the middle of The Broadway will be suspended for extra buses;
- Taxi ranks will be relocated to either side of the bus station. The taxi feeder rank in The Broadway will remain;
- 3 bus stops will be temporarily located in front of the Guildhall;
- An extra bus stop will be added opposite King Alfred Statue (northern side of Broadway);
- Disabled parking in The Broadway will remain.
Bus re-routing from the High Street: post September
When the bus station reopens, buses will no longer use the High Street but travel through the bus station in a northerly direction along Friarsgate and/or Tanner St and Silver Hill and use the bus stops behind Marks & Spencer. To enable safe bus movement, loading rights along Tanner Street and the feeder taxi rank in Tanner Street will be removed.
These changes will enable the Council, in agreement with Hampshire County Council, to consider possible future improvements to the High Street.
Long term considerations:
These changes will not constrain further consideration of bus provision and routes in the town centre as part of engagement work being undertaken by architects JTP, Hampshire County Council’s Transport Study or the Central Winchester Regeneration Supplementary Planning Document (SPD).