Have your say on plans for new Bishop Auckland bus station

Plans for a new bus station and car parking facilities in Bishop Auckland have been unveiled.

A new bus station with eight stands, indoor seating area and improved information boards would replace the existing bus station.

It’s part of plans to improve Bishop Auckland’s sustainable transport and parking infrastructure after being awarded funding from the Future High Streets Fund. The bid included plans to offer better quality public transport to residents and visitors with the aim of attracting more people into Bishop Auckland town centre.

Facilities for passengers would include an accessible toilet, parent and child facilities and a Changing Places toilet.

A new car park next to the proposed bus station would offer 120 spaces, including electric vehicle charging point bays and spaces for blue badge holders, wheelchair accessible vehicles and motorcycles.

Proposals also include sustainable drainage planters and a water harvesting system will be installed as well as photovoltaic panels to produce energy. Trees and planters would be placed in the car park.

Cllr Elizabeth Scott, Cabinet member for economy and partnerships, said: “Plans to improve sustainable transport and parking in Bishop Auckland are key aspects of our ambitious proposals to regenerate the town. We are committed to ensuring it becomes a thriving and attractive hub to everyone who lives and works in, and visits, the area.

“To make sure our plans work for residents, shoppers and businesses, we would encourage as many people as possible to have their say on this consultation. Their feedback can help to bring about positive changes in this community and we want everyone to be part of this exciting journey.”

Members of the public are being invited to comment on the plans for the new facilities in Bishop Auckland.

Drop-in events are being held at Bishop Auckland Town Hall from 10.30am until 3.30pm on Thursday 2, Friday 3, and Saturday 4 March. Feedback can also be submitted online (https://www.durham.gov.uk/consultation).

The council says that feedback will be used to inform the planning application for the bus station and car park. Feedback should be submitted before Sunday 12 March.