18 January 2012

Plans for a new bus interchange in Northampton will be on display this week so people can have their say on the proposals.

The development, which is being jointly promoted by Northamptonshire County Council, Northampton Borough Council and WNDC would be located on the site of what is now the Fishmarket and would be a key step in the regeneration of the town centre.

The location, on the corner of Drapery, Bradshaw Street and Silver Street will allow easy access to shops, the Market Square, the Royal & Derngate, Castle Station and other town centre attractions and facilities.

The proposal is for 12 bus bays to be located within a new building, which would accommodate ticketing facilities, toilets a café and shops. Seven bus bays would be located at the top of Drapery, with a further two bus bays on Bradshaw Street.

Cllr Andre Gonzalez De Savage, county council cabinet member for infrastructure and public protection, said: “Creating new bus and passenger facilities is an important step in the regeneration of the whole town centre.

“We want a new bus interchange that is bright, clean and welcoming and I believe this design incorporates all of these key objectives.

“We have worked closely with the bus operating companies in considering a number of sites – redeveloping the old indoor market is now the preferred solution.

“We know how important this issue is to people and everyone will be able to comment on the plans as part of the formal planning process.”

Councillor Tim Hadland, Northampton Borough Council’s cabinet member for planning and regeneration said: “This is a chance to see our plans and have your say on our proposals for a new bus interchange. Our town needs a modern bus interchange that makes the right first impression on visitors to Northampton.

“We believe our design will provide the right facility that meets the needs of bus users and our town centre. However, we want to hear from the thousands of bus users that come into Northampton. We want something people can take pride in, and your views will help us refine our design.”

Chris Garden, WNDC’s Director of Regeneration said: “It’s a very exciting time for Northampton. The new bus interchange is just one of several town centre developments on the horizon.

“By making this investment now, we can ensure the old Greyfriars Bus Station can be demolished in future. Crucially, this will provide the land necessary for the expansion of the Grosvenor centre, which will bring new shops, jobs and investment to the town.”

The bulk of the finance for the project is being provided by West Northamptonshire Development Corporation, which has allocated £4 million.

Northampton Borough Council has contributed £3million with £600,000 coming from the county council.

To help develop the design and proposals there has been liaison with current bus station users, bus operators, mobility and older people groups.

Current and potential bus activity has also been analysed to make sure the new interchange is fully fit for purpose both now and in the future.

The plans will be on display in Greyfriars Bus Station on Thursday, January 19 between 10am and 7pm and on Saturday, January 21 between 10am and 3pm.