What do you think about the proposals to drop the plan for a new bus station in Winchester?

Basingstoke Gazette: Have your say on Winchester bus station Have your say on Winchester bus station

Hendersons are hoping to submit a new planning application for the Silver Hill scheme. Along the new ideas is the dropping of a replacement bus station.

The city council Cabinet will consider the issue on July 10.

 

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5:30pm Fri 4 Jul 14

Ned@home says...

Stagecoach don't want it - so who is to finance and run it; and for what buses?
We are advised that Friarsgate is to have toilets, a ticket office and at least one cafe. There apparently is also proposed cafe space in the new department store that faces Friarsgate. The Broadway already has toilets and a a cafe with two others in the Lower High Street.
The problem is that the website attacking the development is already ou-of-date. Many of the apparent changes proposed by its author and the Winchester Trust appear to have been taken on board. We will not know the detail of the changes to the 2009 application (Permission Granted!) until we see the new application.
Stagecoach don't want it - so who is to finance and run it; and for what buses? We are advised that Friarsgate is to have toilets, a ticket office and at least one cafe. There apparently is also proposed cafe space in the new department store that faces Friarsgate. The Broadway already has toilets and a a cafe with two others in the Lower High Street. The problem is that the website attacking the development is already ou-of-date. Many of the apparent changes proposed by its author and the Winchester Trust appear to have been taken on board. We will not know the detail of the changes to the 2009 application (Permission Granted!) until we see the new application. Ned@home
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7:37pm Fri 4 Jul 14

NickDavisGB says...

I just hope that this change to the project is not about inconveniencing Winchester residents in return for greater profits. Although what I've read/heard so far points to that.
I just hope that this change to the project is not about inconveniencing Winchester residents in return for greater profits. Although what I've read/heard so far points to that. NickDavisGB
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1:33pm Sun 13 Jul 14

Petras409 says...

Wake up Winchester !

The bus station might not be the brightest spot in the city, but it performs a necessary function - a single central spot where people can expect to get public transport to and from the outlying areas. And, in between journeys, it provides an essential place (off the street) for buses and crews to rest between journeys.

Imagine the situation if Henderson Global Investments are allowed to get away with eliminating the bus station, with no replacement.

Buses would need to clog up the streets while picking up passengers; routes heading off in different directions would all leave from different places with no central hub; and buses laying over between journeys would park up and create a nuisance on the streets.

Take a look at other towns and cities that have dispensed with their bus stations, or reduced them down to a size where they can no longer work efficiently - Southampton and Northampton for starters.

The developers must not be allowed to renege on their obligation under Section 106 to provide a proper sized, prominent bus station alongside the mega profits that they will expect to make from all those extra shops.
Wake up Winchester ! The bus station might not be the brightest spot in the city, but it performs a necessary function - a single central spot where people can expect to get public transport to and from the outlying areas. And, in between journeys, it provides an essential place (off the street) for buses and crews to rest between journeys. Imagine the situation if Henderson Global Investments are allowed to get away with eliminating the bus station, with no replacement. Buses would need to clog up the streets while picking up passengers; routes heading off in different directions would all leave from different places with no central hub; and buses laying over between journeys would park up and create a nuisance on the streets. Take a look at other towns and cities that have dispensed with their bus stations, or reduced them down to a size where they can no longer work efficiently - Southampton and Northampton for starters. The developers must not be allowed to renege on their obligation under Section 106 to provide a proper sized, prominent bus station alongside the mega profits that they will expect to make from all those extra shops. Petras409
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