Work starting on Andover Bus Station redevelopment
Friday, 10 May 2013
Hampshire County Council and Test Valley Borough Council are pleased to confirm that contractors are to start work on Andover Bus Station from next week (beginning 13 May 2013).
Also, during that week, two unused bus shelters in Andover will be relocated to provide temporary bus stops in West Street. A new shelter has been ordered, to be installed between the three temporary stops on Western Avenue in June.
Transport capital funding of £2.9 million is being invested to extend and refurbish the bus station. The finance will come from contributions from developers responsible for major commercial and housing construction schemes in the area, as part of their planning agreements to improve facilities for bus passengers. This is in addition to the junction and highway improvements being carried out to support these developments.
Redevelopment of the bus station is an integral part of the Andover Town Access Plan. In developing the Plan, it was recognised that the bus station's capacity would need to be expanded to cope with the anticipated increase in the number of passengers and buses from the major development areas of East Anton, Picket Twenty and Andover Airfield.
The new facilities will provide the following benefits:
- additional space for buses and coaches;
- an enclosed waiting and internal seating area;
- a café;
- a Shopmobility facility to enable people with restricted mobility to hire mobility scooters or wheelchairs;
- office accommodation for the bus operator including an enquiries desk;
- office accommodation for Test Valley Community Services;
- and electronic passenger information systems.
Work will take approximately 12 months to complete and although the bus station will be closed during this time, the pedestrian walkway into the Chantry Centre will be maintained while work is underway.
Test Valley Borough Council and Friends Life plc will retain ownership of the bus station and Stagecoach will be the principal bus provider operating out of the bus station.