New bus station in Newport could be delayed until December
12:01pm Saturday 26th October 2013 in News
A NEW bus station for Newport could be delayed to as late as December despite demolition works starting next week.
Newport council said a number of unforeseen problems encountered during construction have hit work at the Market Square bus terminal.
The authority says the new bus station will be ready before Christmas, frustrating at least one local trader.
Yesterday the council announced that it has appointed Cuddy Group as the contractor for demolition work at John Frost Square, due to start Monday.
Work can begin quickly as pre-demolition preparation work, such as taking down the mural, has been already completed.
It was hoped that the new bus terminal would be ready by the time of the planned closure of city’s main bus station next Monday – but it will now partially remain open until the new station is ready.
The station was being shut as part of the first phase of demolition work to prepare for Friars Walk shopping and leisure redevelopment, which will see shops in John Frost Square and the former Capitol car park being demolished.
Stands two to 11, which are not affected by that work, will now remain open for the services that will eventually transfer to Market Square.
Access to the bus station will be from Corn Street only.
The new Market Square station will not be big enough for all the city’s buses, and services not planned to go to the new terminal will be relocated around the city centre from Monday while work is carried out at the site.
Steve Reynolds, of Toy Army in Newport Market, said he said a council officer couldn’t give him a better date than some time in December.
He said: “We lost last Christmas because they started it, and here we are a year later and it still isn’t finished."
The new 'North Terminal' at Market Square is intended to supplement the new bus station in the Frairs Walk redevelopment plans, which will be smaller than the current station.
A spokeswoman for Newport council said: “It is accepted that the changes may cause some inconvenience but these will be outweighed by the long-term benefits.”
Friars Walk is expected to create more than 390,000 square feet of retail and leisure space and is set to include branches of Debenhams, Nandos, Prezzo, Topshop, Debenhams and Cineworld.
It will include a 360 space car park and could create 1,000 retail jobs and 300 construction posts.
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