Bus stop funding approved

Bus stop funding approved

FLASH BACK: The Feethams bus depot, in Darlington, in 2006

WAITING AREA: An artist's impression of how the planned waiting area could look

First published in News

COUNCILLORS have approved the release of almost half a million pounds to improve public transport infrastructure in an under-development area of a North-East town.

Planned projects in the Feethams area of Darlington include the Department for Education offices, for which building work is under way.

A multi-million pound leisure development, including nine-screen cinema, is also in the pipeline, as well as a multi-storey car park.

At a meeting on Tuesday (June 3), Darlington Borough Council's cabinet approved the release of £477,000 for improvements to the waiting area for bus and coach passengers at the front of the Town Hall.

The money is drawn from the Tees Valley Bus Network Improvement fund and was not available to be spent on any other council service.

Ian Williams, the council's director of economic growth, said the improvements would reduce traffic congestion in the town centre and increase demand for bus facilities.

The lack of a bus station in Darlington town centre has long been a talking point for residents, particularly since the former bus depot was demolished in 2009.

The site of the former bus station has been earmarked for the leisure development.

Following market research and consultation with bus operator Arriva, a series of changes was introduced to town centre bus services in October.

Details of the improvements to the infrastructure in front of the town hall, will now be finalised.

Mr Williams said work on the project could begin in September or October.

Councillor Chris McEwan, cabinet member for economy and regeneration, described the improvements as 'critical'.

Cllr Charles Johnson, of the opposing Conservative group, added: "This is good news for coach passengers, as the facilities they have to put up with at present are dire to say the least.

"Anything is going to be an improvement."

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6:53pm Tue 3 Jun 14

NOTODDEN says...

Understandably we don't have the full details her but I would have thought the whole of the town centre needs looking at not just in front of the town hall. I travel every week by bus from Darlington and the bus stop congestion is a problem with more than one bus trying to park at a particular stop. Don't take my word for it - ask the Arriva drivers
Understandably we don't have the full details her but I would have thought the whole of the town centre needs looking at not just in front of the town hall. I travel every week by bus from Darlington and the bus stop congestion is a problem with more than one bus trying to park at a particular stop. Don't take my word for it - ask the Arriva drivers NOTODDEN
  • Score: 9

7:45pm Tue 3 Jun 14

thetruthyoucanthandlethetruth says...

Amazing how money can be found at the drop of a hat for the precious buses isn't it! Meanwhile other road users have to make do with roads any 3rd world country would be ashamed of, covered in pot holes, speed bumps and chicanes everywhere. It's a bloody disgrace.
Amazing how money can be found at the drop of a hat for the precious buses isn't it! Meanwhile other road users have to make do with roads any 3rd world country would be ashamed of, covered in pot holes, speed bumps and chicanes everywhere. It's a bloody disgrace. thetruthyoucanthandlethetruth
  • Score: -5

10:59pm Tue 3 Jun 14

Homshaw1 says...

The artists impressions looks little different than it is now as far as the long distance bus stands are concerned/ You would have thought it was the local bus stops that needed more attention.

. It looks more like they are tidying up the front of the Town Hall and using money ring fenced for other purposes to do it
The artists impressions looks little different than it is now as far as the long distance bus stands are concerned/ You would have thought it was the local bus stops that needed more attention. . It looks more like they are tidying up the front of the Town Hall and using money ring fenced for other purposes to do it Homshaw1
  • Score: 18

6:50am Wed 4 Jun 14

darloboss says...

Homshaw1 wrote:
The artists impressions looks little different than it is now as far as the long distance bus stands are concerned/ You would have thought it was the local bus stops that needed more attention.

. It looks more like they are tidying up the front of the Town Hall and using money ring fenced for other purposes to do it
i think you are spot on there homshaw1
[quote][p][bold]Homshaw1[/bold] wrote: The artists impressions looks little different than it is now as far as the long distance bus stands are concerned/ You would have thought it was the local bus stops that needed more attention. . It looks more like they are tidying up the front of the Town Hall and using money ring fenced for other purposes to do it[/p][/quote]i think you are spot on there homshaw1 darloboss
  • Score: 8

10:55am Wed 4 Jun 14

Trada says...

Brilliant artist impression of somewhere but not Darlington. How can they lower the town hall by about 4 feet to get it level with the road? No improvements at all to the Dolphin side of the road. No covered area for bus passengers to wait. No pick up,drop off point for coach users. Taxi rank removed. Only improvement is town hall forecourt. Typical DBC conning the public with their lies and spending money in the wrong places.
Brilliant artist impression of somewhere but not Darlington. How can they lower the town hall by about 4 feet to get it level with the road? No improvements at all to the Dolphin side of the road. No covered area for bus passengers to wait. No pick up,drop off point for coach users. Taxi rank removed. Only improvement is town hall forecourt. Typical DBC conning the public with their lies and spending money in the wrong places. Trada
  • Score: 12

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