Bletchley bus station is set to be totally revamped with a tailor-made bus shelter with seating.
The new shelter, which will be started on March 3 and take around 16 weeks to finish, will include real time passenger information displays showing the arrival and departure times of all buses passing through. The whole area will also be resurfaced and level access kerbs will be put in for easier access.
The redevelopment will cost around £600,000 and has been made possible by funding from the Council’s Better Bus Area fund grant allocation from the Department of Transport.
New signage will be installed in and around the town centre to direct people to the improved bus station.
Alternative bus stops will be constructed so bus services can run without delays while the station undergoes redevelopment.
The temporary stops will be built on Saxon Street and South Terrace first during the early stages of the redevelopment work. During the full closure of the bus station extra temporary stops will be in place at Albert Street and Princes Way by the leisure centre.
The electric bus charging plate will continue to be accessible for the new eight electric buses, running along Route 7, throughout the redevelopment works ensuring the service will not be affected.
Councillor Keith McLean, Cabinet Member for Transport said “I am delighted that the redevelopment of this bus station is now going ahead.
“This will greatly improve the look and feel of the location. Added to the introduction of the new electric buses running along route 7, passengers using Bletchley bus station will now enjoy a much better – and long overdue - overall experience.”
Milton Keynes Council has worked closely on the new bus station designs with the Town Council, bus operators and the Milton Keynes Bus Users Group (MKBUG).
Iain Stewart MP, who is also PPS to the Secretary of State for Transport, welcomed the news. He said: “I am very glad to hear that Bletchley station is going to receive a makeover. The £2.23m, from the Department for Transport’s Better Bus Areas Fund will go a long way to delivering a modern 21st century bus station.”
He added: “Along with the electric buses, this investment is very much welcomed. I know both the Government and Milton Keynes Council are keen to improve and deliver efficient public transport.”