Designs revealed for Sudbury’s new bus station as consultation opens

Plans for Sudbury's new bus station in Girling Street car park. ANL-160928-171750001
Plans for Sudbury's new bus station in Girling Street car park. ANL-160928-171750001

The latest designs for Sudbury’s proposed new bus station have been revealed as a public pre-planning consultation begins.

The consultation shows the station in the current Girling Street Car Park site, following the its selection by Sudbury Steering Group.

Plans for Sudbury's new bus station in Girling Street car park. ANL-160928-171803001

Plans for Sudbury's new bus station in Girling Street car park. ANL-160928-171803001

The proposed station has six bus stands and bays with customer waiting areas and public toilets, four disabled parking bays, a delivery bay, a bicycle shelter and CCTV cameras.

The plans also include a new pedestrian crossing across Girling Street, with new traffic signals put in to allow buses to leave the station and enter Girling Street.

There has been criticism of the Girling Street plans as some residents feel halting the traffic flow in Girling Street will add to the already high levels of congestion on the road during peak hours.

Suffolk County Council says the pre-planning consultation will be used to gather views on the design of the scheme.

These views, alongside those gathered from public engagement opportunities, will be incorporated into the formal planning application when it is submitted.

There are two public exhibitions being held at the Assembly Room at Sudbury Town Hall, where members of the public can discuss the plans with the project team.

The first is on Friday, October 14 from 5pm to 8pm.

The second is on Saturday, October 15, from 10am to 4pm.

The exhibition displays will be available to view at the town hall from 9am to 4.30pm from Monday, October 3 to Tuesday, October 25.

One of complaints from opponents of the Girling Street plan has been the distance of the new station to the town train station.

The council says the stations are 680 metres apart, which they say takes roughly nine minutes to walk.

Other concerns raised have been around the loss of parking spaces in the centre of the town.

However, the council says that parking surveys have shown that the current level of parking demand could still be accommodated with the loss of the car park.

The Girling Street option was selected as the preferred option by Sudbury Steering Group in a bid to allow for the regeneration of the Hamilton Road Quarter, to provide with new retail and leisure offers, including the potential for a cinema.

A petition has been set up and signed by more than 6,000 people against the move to Girling Street by Save Our Bus Station.

To take part in the consultation and view the plans visit www.suffolk.gov.uk/council-and-democracy/consultations-petitions-and-elections/consultations/sudbury-bus-station-pre-planning-consultation/