VIDEO: Bus station celebrates first anniversary

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Mansfield Bus Station was transformed into a hive of entertainment on Saturday to mark the anniversary of its opening.

The new £9-million station opened its doors at the end of March last year, and has been used by an estimated five million passengers already.

Nottinghamshire County Council Chairman John Allin, fourth left, and Mansfield District Council's Executive Mayor Tony Egginton, fifth right, cut the birthday cake at the Mansfield Bus Station's 1st birthday party on Saturday as other councillors look on. Also pictured from the left are; County Councillor Joyce Bosnjak, County Councillor Kevin Greaves, Mavis Allin, Mansfield District Councillor Kate Allsop, Mansfield District Councillor Roger Sutcliffe, County Councillor Darren Langton and County Councillor Parry Tsimbiridis.

Nottinghamshire County Council Chairman John Allin, fourth left, and Mansfield District Council's Executive Mayor Tony Egginton, fifth right, cut the birthday cake at the Mansfield Bus Station's 1st birthday party on Saturday as other councillors look on. Also pictured from the left are; County Councillor Joyce Bosnjak, County Councillor Kevin Greaves, Mavis Allin, Mansfield District Councillor Kate Allsop, Mansfield District Councillor Roger Sutcliffe, County Councillor Darren Langton and County Councillor Parry Tsimbiridis.

On Saturday there were performances from the Portland College iPad band and the Mansfield Community Gospel Choir, while there was a chance for passengers to play Wheel of Fortune and Hunt the Bus games.

There was also a celebratory cake-cutting by local dignitaries, including chairman of Nottinghamshire County Council, Coun John Allin.

It’s been a fantastic first year for us and we want to celebrate with our regular customers and also get non-bus travellers to come in and see what they’re missing,” said station manager Elliott Mizen.

“We’ve had really good feedback from people who have passed through the bus station over the last 12 months – and we’ve also won a couple of design awards along the way!

“We’ve now got everything up and running including the Spar shop, the café and an ice cream stand in summer months, and we even sell coach and bus tickets – there really is an awful lot going on!”

“The building is warm and welcoming and we get many positive comments from new visitors to the town, impressed with the facilities on offer – the bus station really is the envy of many other towns and we regularly get visits from representatives from other towns looking at what can be done.”

Coun Kevin Greaves, chairman of the county council’s transport and highway committee, added: “It has been a fantastic success and the link between the bus station and the train station has been great and the footfall has been considerable. The new bus station has brought a huge boost to the town.”

The new station was opened last year in a blaze of publicity, and hopes that it could become a transport hub for the town have been realised, with more than 300,000 buses departing from the station since the ribbon was cut by transport secretary Patrick McLaughlin last year.