The project has been named as one of six national finalists in the industry’s Bus Awards, in the ‘Making Buses a Better Choice’ category. This award is given annually to a project which adds value to bus services by making them faster, more efficient, offering improved passenger facilities or providing a better service.
Councillor Rob Humby, Executive Member for Environment and Transport at Hampshire County Council, said: “This was a major project involving many partners, and we undertook thorough public consultation over the changes. We had to carefully balance protecting the unique character of the city, while maintaining transport access and enhancing Winchester’s role as a major centre for services, shopping and employment. This national recognition for the project reinforces the value of our collaborative approach to planning for the future.”
The project was delivered in partnership with Winchester City Council, the EM3 Local Enterprise Partnership, local and national bus and coach operators and traffic, highways and tourism specialists.
One and a half million visitors and residents arrive in central Winchester by bus each year with 65,000 arriving or departing from the bus station each week. The redevelopment keeps the central location of the bus station, which has stood on the Broadway site for 80 years.
The new bus station, which opened in September 2017, has an open plan design which faces the historic Guildhall and tourist office and features level access, a ticket office, cafe, toilets nearby, real time information displays and covered waiting areas.
This project was delivered on time and made possible by an effective partnership which will have useful benefits in the future.
The finals of the National Bus Awards will be held in London in late November.