Official completion ceremony for Mansfield’s new bus station

March 8, 2013 11:45 am

With just over three weeks to go before it opens its doors to the public, the final touches are being made to Mansfield’s new £9m bus station.

Mansfield Bus Station

The new station opens its doors for business on Easter Sunday (March 31) and takes bus travel in the town well and truly into the 21st century.  To mark the completion of the building, a ceremony attended by Patrick McLoughlin, Secretary of State for Transport, will take place on March 18.

The Secretary of State will arrive in Mansfield by train where he will be met by the Leader of Nottinghamshire County Council, Coun Kay Cutts; County Council Chairman Coun Carol Pepper and the Executive Mayor of Mansfield, Tony Eggington.

The guests will cross from the railway station to the new bus station via a brand-new footbridge which links the two, helping to create a transport “hub” in the town, encouraging more people to travel by public transport and playing a crucial part in the regeneration and future prosperity of the town centre.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place at the entrance to the bridge and, following a tour of the new building, the Secretary of State will unveil a commemorative plaque in the main concourse area.

Among the guests at the ceremony will be pupils from the Queen Elizabeth Academy who, along with pupils from King Edward Primary School, contributed towards a time capsule which has been buried beneath the station, showing future residents of Mansfield what life was like in the early 21st century.

Situated in the heart of the town, the new bus station is just 180 metres (195 yards) from the market place and will be used by more than five million passengers a year – that’s more than East Midlands Airport.  The new building is light, airy and safe, with extensive use of glass. It is fully enclosed and has a comfortable waiting area with plenty of seating, toilets, a baby changing area, shops and refreshments.

It also boasts a staffed travel information office, electronic timetable information, CCTV cameras linked to the town centre system and automatic doors separating the waiting passengers from buses.  Its high-tech video wall can be utilised by local businesses and community groups, which will help provide local information on a variety of subjects.

A Family Fun Day will take place at the bus station on Easter Saturday, March 30, giving local people their first opportunity to take a look at the new facility before it opens for business the following day.

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