Lincoln’s brand new, state-of-the-art bus station is planned to open its doors on 28 January.
The Lincoln Central bus station forms part of City of Lincoln Council’s £30million Transport Hub which, along with the new station, includes a 1,000 space car park, improvements to the city’s railway station forecourt, a new access for vehicles into the railway station car park and pedestrian plaza linking Sincil Street and High Street to the railway station.
Work on the bus station is now nearing completion and, once complete, the building will be handed into the city council’s ownership and final bus trials will take place.
The new facility includes 14 bus bays that will see approximately 650 departures each weekday.
The building contains a 590 m2 concourse with seating, office space, new male and female public toilets, lifts to the first floor and the city’s first Changing Places toilet (www.changing-places.org) with changing bench, shower and X/Y hoist.
There will also be a state-of-the-art passenger information system with interactive touchscreens and a 5m video wall. The bus station incorporates the Grand Café, leased to Julie and Richard Futter who also operate Café 44 on Sincil Street.
The development is already playing a major part in revitalising this area of the city centre and the Transport Hub perfectly complements the multi-million transformation currently underway in The Cornhill Quarter.
Kate Ellis, Major Developments Director at City of Lincoln Council, said: “The Transport Hub scheme helps the city council achieve our vision of delivering Lincoln’s ambitious future and our priority of driving economic growth in Greater Lincoln.
“The new bus station and wider Transport Hub project will help revitalise the key visitor arrival point into the city centre.
“We are currently working toward our provisional opening date of 28 January and, all being well, we will be able to confirm this date on 15 January following completion of the external works and final bus trials.
“We are very happy with the work that has already been done – the bus station is looking great and provides a fantastic link with the train station and new car park. The Transport Hub fits seamlessly into the city both physically and visually.
“Once we have a definite opening date confirmed we will also be pleased to announce a public open day prior to the full opening, so that people can take a look around and familiarise themselves with the facility.”
The Transport Hub has been developed by City of Lincoln Council in partnership with The Department of Transport, Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership, Lincolnshire Co-op and Network Rail, working with East Midlands Trains and Lincolnshire County Council.