Plans for new transport hub in Bournemouth town centre drives forward

Plans for new transport hub in Bournemouth town centre drives forward

Plans for a new stand alone, surface-level bus hub on the NCP car park at Exeter Road in Bournemouth are set to take a step forward.

A new sustainable site for bus pick-up and drop-off in the town centre is needed to meet future increases in services and bus usage. A recent feasibility study by planners, Terence O’Rourke, has concluded that a bus hub on the current NCP car park is viable, affordable and will provide additional capacity to meet existing and future demand.

Bournemouth Council’s Cabinet, on Wednesday 26 June, will consider a report seeking approval to progress a planning application for the development of a surface-level transport hub on the site. If agreed, the Council will start negotiations for the purchase of the site, with the fall-back of Compulsory Purchase powers if agreement cannot be reached.

Councillor John Beesley, Leader of Bournemouth Borough Council, said: “There is a real need for a new transport hub in the town centre and this was identified in the Town Centre Area Action Plan. The existing bus pick-up and drop-off in Gervis Place is congested and struggles to cope with existing numbers of buses and passengers. This demand is likely to rise as we encourage local residents and visitors to use more sustainable forms of transport.

“This site used to be a bus station until it burnt down in 1970s. It would provide easy access to The Square and Gervis Place and there would be an opportunity to consider this site for the re-location of the Tourist Information Centre.”

The Council has investigated 10 sites around the town centre, including on-street and off-street locations, and has concluded that the development of the NCP car park is the best solution.

Significant consultation was undertaken during the preparation of the Town Centre Area Action Plan and there is widespread support for a new transport hub. If Cabinet gives the go ahead to progress with this site, further consultation will be carried out during the scheme design process.

The site currently has planning permission for a private sector leisure scheme comprising a multiplex cinema, restaurants and car parking.

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