Two bus stations could be the solution for Sudbury

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The preferred option for Sudbury’s future bus station was decided this evening (June 5) at the Sudbury Steering Group meeting.

Members agreed on one of seven possibilities created by Suffolk County Council, deciding to pursue a plan which will see the bus station split over two sites, with stops at both Great Eastern Road and Girling Street.

The split plan would allow for extensive regeneration of the Hamilton Road Quarter, with some residents hopeful of a cinema complex being built.

Lindsay Barker, director at Babergh District Council, said the bus station plans would allow for plans for the whole area to now come forward as developers and investors were not satisfied with the current location of the station.

“Without the opportunity to move the bus station the scheme isn’t viable,” she said.

Mrs Barker added that although there was no available time frame for the works, the bus station was not necessarily going to be started before the rest of the quarter, but added it was vital that the plans for the station were in place.

David Holland, the group’s new vice-chairman, told the Free Press after the meeting that the two-stop solution would also allow some routes to entirely avoid the congestion of the town centre’s one-way system.

There is expected to be a two week public exhibition in Sudbury in July on the plans, showing the seven different options and how the preferred plan will allow for the area’s regeneration.