Work began on Monday 16 January on an ambitious project to replace the existing Bulwell Bus Station with a brand new and improved version.
Thanks to Transforming Cities funding that Nottingham City Council bid for and secured from the central Government, the new bus station at Bulwell will make travelling by public transport even easier.
The scheme will have several benefits:
- Safer, energy efficient passenger waiting facilities
- Improved accessibility for wheelchairs
- Multiple seating options for people with different mobility needs
- Improved efficiency for bus operators
- A more welcoming feel and overall environment
- The bus station will also become more environmentally friendly and sustainable through solar powered bus shelter lighting, and new greenery introduced in planters along the footpaths to increase biodiversity.
Nottingham City Council’s Portfolio Holder for Highways, Transport and Parks, Councillor Audra Wynter, said: “It’s great to see this project begin to create a new and improved Bulwell Bus Station. This will create a much-improved gateway to Bulwell for those arriving by bus and we hope this project acts a catalyst for our Levelling Up bid for Bulwell while improving commutes and creating a better, more pleasant and greener bus station.”
Before the pandemic, around 1.1 million passenger trips were made every year from the bus station, and currently, more than 600 bus services run through it every day. The Bulwell Bus Station Improvements project will make the station more pleasant and efficient for bus operators and passengers alike.
From 16 January, works start to install new bus shelters with three different types of built-in seating to provide a better waiting environment for passengers.
The existing bus stops on the north and south side of Vere Street will be relocated to the central island which will provide better traffic flow for buses, and more space for pedestrians on the footpaths on both sides of the central island.
Nottingham City Transport, which is the main user of Bulwell Bus Station, has information about the location of temporary stops on its website. Services including 17, 35, 68, 69, 70, 71, and 79 and 79A will be affected.
What happens next?
- Monday 16 January: The bus station closes to the public, construction begins, and temporary bus stops are installed on Main Street and Bulwell High Road. Access to the public toilets and a footpath through Vere Street will remain open for pedestrians.
- Friday 20 April 2023: Works complete, and the bus station reopens to the public.
- Sunday 22 April 2023: Temporary bus stops close and bus services resume use of the station.
- End of April 2023: Opening ceremony for the new bus station held.