MANSFIELD’S new multi-million-pound bus station is continuing to take shape with the major steel skeleton of the building now in place.
The new bus station, which is less than 200 yards away from the market place,is seen as a crucial part of Mansfield ‘s town centre regeneration.
The next stage is the installation of a 70-metre footbridge which will form the crucial link between the bus station and the town’s railway station, creating a new transport interchange fit for usage in the 21st century.
“We’ve reached a really exciting point of the construction work,” says Coun Richard Jackson, chairman of Nottinghamshire County Council’s transport and highways committee.
“For the first time we can start to get a real feel of what the bus station will look like once it’s finished.”
Mansfield mayor Tony Egginton added: “It’s fantastic to see work on the new bus station progressing so quickly.
“This development is a crucial part of the regeneration and prosperity of Mansfield Town Centre and will provide visitors and residents with a travel facility fit for the 21st century.”
The new station will be much closer to the railway station and will benefit the five million passengers using the old bus station each year and encourage more people to travel by public transport.
Before the building officially opens next year a time capsule containing snapshots of one day in the life of Mansfield will be buried inside.