|Project theme||Public transport, Bus travel|
|Start date||February 2021|
|Stage||In delivery (Phase 2- Reconstruction)|
|Expected completion date||Spring 2023|
|Funding||Transforming Cities Fund, 10.4 million|
The development of Durham Bus Station is part of a multi-million redevelopment of the major transport hub that serves the city and county.
The previous bus station was built in 1970, and needed updating. The new bus station has been designed to increase the overall space for passengers in a light and airy setting, with increased visibility and safety for buses leaving the station. This includes increasing the reversing area for buses leaving bays and widening the exit onto North Road to improve visibility, with additional pedestrian access also being created.
Inside, there will also be increased facilities including parent and child toilets and a changing places toilet, as well as increased seating and space in the passenger waiting area. The plans also include a two-storey area with office space.
All demolition works are now complete (Phase 1), as are all ground investigations, ground water testing, soil testing and gas monitoring. The culvert diversion and replacement and utility diversions are also complete and ready for the construction phase to begin. The piling of the site will commence in February with the foundations starting shortly after. Construction of the new structure should begin in March/April 2022.
Due to unforeseen circumstances, works on site had to temporarily stop at the end of 2021 and have now restarted. The delay in the programme is likely to mean the bus station becoming operational to passengers in Spring 2023, although all re-programming options are being investigated. Any opportunities to bring forward the projected completion date will be considered.
The main reason for the pause in construction is structural works which were required to the gable end of the Grade 2 Listed Manse, which were identified following the demolition of the bus station.
The businesses in the area, particularly on North Road, are open as usual. If you are waiting for a bus on a temporary stand, please be considerate to others and help maintain access to businesses. The temporary stops will continue to be monitored and altered where appropriate.
Find more information, including temporary bus stop information while this station is closed at: Durham Bus Station – Durham County Council