THUMBS UP FOR LATEST TELFORD PLANS

NEW TOWN CENTRE BUS STATION GETS GO AHEAD

Telford & Wrekin councillors have given the green light to plans to redevelop Telford’s ageing bus station.

The plans will create a modern facility in the same location, which provides a more welcoming, safer environment as well as bringing a whole new look to Telford’s Northfield Street.

The area around the bus station will be re-landscaped to enhance the streetscape along Northfield Street and to improve access for bus users and other visitors to the town centre.

The plans for the bus station follow extensive consultation with the public, including a three-day exhibition in March 2016. Previous proposals had suggested moving the bus station and the current scheme responded to public calls to modernise the facility whilst keeping it in the same place.

In addition to the new bus station, councillors have also passed exciting outline plans to create larger stores and a new landmark entrance from Northfield Street. The new entrance will include a covered access to the bus station, providing a weather-protected route into the centre for bus users, whilst a new mall connecting New Street and Sherwood Square within the centre will dramatically improve access for shoppers.

A number of very advanced discussions are already underway with retailers to take space in the new retail areas, which will meet demand from existing retailers to enlarge their stores and ranges on offer, as well as attracting new names to the centre.

The Bus Station plans have been prepared in close partnership with Telford & Wrekin Council as well as Arriva Midlands & Shires, in order to meet the bus operator’s need for modern facilities and also encourage increased public transport use by creating a better and safer environment for customers.

A £1.3m contribution towards the cost of redeveloping the Bus Station is being secured by Telford & Wrekin Council from the Marches Local Enterprise Partnership.

The council’s decision means that work can start on the new bus station before the end of the year, with completion set for late Summer 2017.

The first phase of the multi-million pound transformation of Telford – the Southern Quarter - is set to open next Spring and will include new brands TGI Fridays and Prezzo.

Work on the redevelopment of the Northern Quarter, on the site of the former ASDA store, is also underway and discussions advanced with a number of stores not previously seen in Telford Town Centre.

Guy Beaumont, Senior Development and Asset Manager at Sovereign Centros, which is leading the redevelopment, said: “Redeveloping the bus station to create a modern, more welcoming and safer gateway to Telford has been a key part of our plan for the centre for some time and we’re delighted to have the council’s approval to move ahead.

“Work on the bus station will begin in the coming weeks ahead of opening next year. We are also looking forward to finalising our discussions with several fashion operators to take larger stores within the new retail development, allowing them to showcase their latest ranges and styles in the town centre.”

PLANNING TIMETABLE

Autumn 2016 – Start of enabling works on site

Late Summer 2017 -  Bus Station Complete