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Bus driver officially opens Winchester's newly renovated bus station

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A bus driver has officially opened Winchester's newly renovated bus station - by driving into it through a red ribbon.

The bus station has undergone a £400k renovation programme which the council says gives it an open and pedestrian-friendly layout, making it safer for all bus users – and improving real time bus information.

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We’ve been talking about redeveloping the bus station for about twenty years. There has been a succession of developers that have come and gone without actually putting anything on the ground. Within three months of the Council buying the bus station, they’ve demolished the old depot and remodelled the whole bus station to provide a facility that’s more light and air and far more comfortable for our customers.”

– Gordon Frost, Operations Director, Stagecoach South

This is going to make a big difference for all the customers using the services particularly the Bluestar 1. It’s a great example of partnership working between Winchester City Council, Hampshire County Council and the operators.”

– Ed Wills, Operations Director, Bluestar

The place is absolutely transformed, it’s so open and it feels safer as a consequence. The facilities are hugely enhanced and as the buses will not travel up the High Street any longer there is improved safety benefitting residents and bus users.”

– Cllr Caroline Horrill, Leader of Winchester City Council

Major changes to Winchester bus station underway

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Major changes to Winchester bus station are getting underway this week following a £4 million takeover of the site by the city council.

Work to make it safer and more attractive to passengers is expected to take a couple of months.

In the meantime buses will park in the nearby Broadway.

65,000 people use Winchester's buses each week.

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