Find out more about what happens when Exeter Bus Station closes for redevelopment at the end of March
Work is set to get underway early in the New Year on providing a temporary solution for bus passengers during the period Exeter Bus Station is closed.
And Exeter City Council has arranged a drop-in session to find out more about the temporary arrangements, at the St Sidwell’s Community centre, Sidwell Street, on Thursday, December 15, from 1pm to 5pm.
Exeter bus station is set to close at the end of March.
The current site will be demolished, and a new bus station and new leisure centre will be built at the site. Both developments are being funded by Exeter City Council, and are due for completion in the winter of 2018.
The new Exeter Bus Station will have 12 bays and much improved facilities for passengers.
Following a number of public consultation events, it was decided that the temporary bus stands would be created in the city centre while the bus station is closed.
Until the new bus station is built, passengers will be dropped off and picked up at temporary bus stands / stops with weather protection and information, spread between Sidwell Street, Cheeke Street and Paris Street.
The highways works needed to complete the temporary measures was approved by members of the Devon County Council Highways and Traffic Orders Committee on November 14.
Work on creating the temporary stands is due to begin at the start of January. It will be completed by the end of March 2017.
Nine stands will be used in Sidwell Street. The work involves:
• Extending the existing outbound stands outside the Walk-In Centre
• Extending the existing outbound stands between Cheeke Street and Summerland Street
• Extending the existing inbound stands between Summerland Street and Cheeke Street
Five stands will be in Paris Street: between Paris Street roundabout and Dix’s Field junction
Two new stands will be in Cheeke Street: one between Sidwell Street and Bampflyde Street, and one adjacent to the stand outside the former depot building.
In order to facilitate the works, existing pay and display parking bays, planters and footway on the westbound section of Sidwell Street will need to be removed for the duration of the works. To ensure that the buses will retain unhindered access to the bus stops, all traffic will be prohibited in both directions along this section except for buses, cycles, taxis and private hire.
The traffic signals at the Cheeke Street/Sidwell Street junction will be removed and replaced with a new pedestrian refuge crossing outside the St Sidwells Centre, and a zebra crossing across Cheeke Street.
In addition there will be new layover bays, which are required for drivers to take a rest or where there is a need to clear a stand ahead of their scheduled service. These will be based in the existing loading bay on the south west side of Sidwell Street (between 10am and 4pm only) Bampfylde Street, Summerland Street, Red Lion Lane and Verney Street.
For more information on 01392 265880.
Find out more about the temporary arrangements at the St Sidwell’s Community Centre, in Sidwell Street, Exeter, on Thursday, December 15, from 1pm to 5pm.
Members of the city council’s project team will be on hand to answer any questions. All are welcome.