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- Lincoln’s new bus station will start operating on January 28 despite rumours that the roof was not tall enough for double decker buses.
- The City of Lincoln council posted photos of the station’s test day on January 14 to quash these rumours; stating that service would commence for real two weeks later.
- Steve Wesley, communication manager at the City of Lincoln Council, said: “This project shows our commitment to the city.
- “To invest £30m into a project implies that Lincoln is worth investing in. We’re an ambitious council and we want to continue to grow the city and make it a fantastic place to be.
- “We’re confident that Lincoln is going places.”
- The station has screens that display timetables and service information, public toilets, and driver facilities.
- Buses will park in a chevron pattern and doors to the concourse will not open unless sensors show that they are parked properly.
- Passengers will then be reversed out of the stands and exit the station onto Norman Street.
- The station is part of the £30m transport hub scheme which includes a state-of-the-art bus station, a 1,000 space multi-storey car park, retail space and a new pedestrian plaza.
- The majority of the car park opened Friday November 17, although contractors are waiting for the weather to improve before finishing the upper floors.
- David Reid, operations manager at Willmott Dixon construction firm, said: “Spaces in the car park will be a different colour to help people park, and each space is 2.5m wide which is bigger than the standard.
- “This job is a catalyst, the re-development of the Corn Exchange and Cornhill would not be happening without this.”
- The temporary bus station at Tentercroft Street will be transformed back into a car park by the end of March.
- Work started on the scheme in September 2016 and wasn’t expected to be finished until March. The project cost is currently sitting at £29.7m, £300,000 under budget.
- The project received £11m funding from the Department for Transport and £2m funding from the Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership. It was also backed by Lincolnshire Co-op, East Midlands Trains, and Lincolnshire County Council.
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