Durham City’s new bus station will open this weekend.
Durham County Council has confirmed the new Durham Bus Station will open to the public on Sunday 7 January.
The facility, which is located on the site of the former bus station on North Road, will be a modern transport hub that offers a safe and welcoming space for residents and visitors alike.
The new bus station has been designed to increase the overall space for passengers and has improved facilities including segregated toilets, a Changing Places toilet, improved information displays and upgraded seating in the passenger waiting area.
There is more space for reversing buses and the exit onto North Road has improved visibility for pedestrians and buses.
The bus station also includes a two-storey office area where council security, cleaning and neighbourhood warden staff, as well as representatives from Durham Constabulary and Arriva, will be based.
Cllr Elizabeth Scott, Durham County Council’s Cabinet member for economy and partnerships, said: “We are delighted and excited to be opening the new Durham Bus Station to the public this Sunday.
“Providing high quality facilities, the station will serve as a major transport hub for both the city and the county.
“We hope it will help attract both shoppers and tourists to the city, supporting our independent businesses and our cultural attractions.
“We also hope it will encourage people to make more journeys by bus rather than car, promoting more sustainable travel.”
The works have been part-funded by the Government’s Transforming Cities Fund.
Cllr Martin Gannon, chair of the North East Joint Transport Committee, said: “The new Durham Bus Station is an important project within the region’s Transforming Cities Fund programme and it will be brilliant to see it open. The station is at the heart of the city and will provide a welcome place for passengers to connect with our local and regional bus network. Congratulations to Durham County Council on this ambitious project – this is a very welcome addition to the city which will further boost the North East’s transport network.”
Businesses on North Road are being made aware of the station’s opening date. Stopping arrangements for buses on North Road and Millburngate will be revised, and the temporary stops on North Road will no longer be in use and will be removed.
Signs are being put in place at the temporary bus stops on North Road to outline where each bus service will be in the new station.
There will be small changes to the times of the Arriva 43 service, and to times and routes of Gateshead Central services. Park and Ride services will resume serving Millburngate. Early buses leaving before 6am will leave from Stand A on North Road.
Bus users can more find information on where to go for their buses at www.durham.gov.uk/article/23024/Changes-to-bus-timetables-and-routes