Bus station plans move a step closer

PLANS to create a community bus station moved a step closer at Salisbury City Council’s meeting on Monday night.

The city council has registered its interest with Wiltshire Council as a potential buyer for the Salisbury bus station and now has six months to put together a bid.

The first step is to appoint a specialist transport consultant to carry out a pre-feasibility study to identify if the project is worth further, more detailed, investigation or if it is simply not achievable.

The policy and resources committee agreed to waive a standing order so the council doesn’t have to advertise for interested transport consultants and go to tender, as the time frame is so limited.

The council’s bus station working group has identified a company, Parose Projects, which has undertaken transport projects in the region and are willing to undertake the pre-feasibility study.

Salisbury’s bus station closed on January 4 because Wilts & Dorset said the site was no longer viable, but the city council believe it is a valuable service for the community and want to explore the possibility of opening it as a community bus station.

The council has £10,000 within the approved capital budget to fund the pre-feasibility study but it has also applied for a grant through the Social Investment Business group to fund the initial study and will find out within four weeks if it has been successful.

If the study suggests it is worth looking at in more detail the council would apply for further grants up to £100,000 to fund a full feasibility study.

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2:10pm Wed 5 Mar 14

Old Salisbury Boy says...

Surely the simplest solution is to site a new Bus AND coach station on the Maltings (land already owned by the council) over by the Railway station. Lets not waste £10,000 on thinking the knackered old bus station has a future! Let alone trying to find the money from the council taxpayers to buy and refurbish it.
Surely the simplest solution is to site a new Bus AND coach station on the Maltings (land already owned by the council) over by the Railway station. Lets not waste £10,000 on thinking the knackered old bus station has a future! Let alone trying to find the money from the council taxpayers to buy and refurbish it. Old Salisbury Boy
  • Score: 16

6:47pm Wed 5 Mar 14

hillyanne says...

Don't waste anymore of our Council tax money on this scheme.The new bus stops around the city are quite adequate.
Don't waste anymore of our Council tax money on this scheme.The new bus stops around the city are quite adequate. hillyanne
  • Score: 10

8:11pm Wed 5 Mar 14

hairy poppins says...

hillyanne wrote:
Don't waste anymore of our Council tax money on this scheme.The new bus stops around the city are quite adequate.
I respectfully disagree hillyanne, the bus stop situation is far from ideal. Don't get me wrong, I don't want the council wasting money on pointless consultations most of us could give them the answer to, but a decent bus/coach station is one issue that i think does need to be sorted.
Blue boar row, New canal, Castle street, Endless street etc... all of the main streets in the centre of town at times clogged with busses and people waiting to get on them. Castle street frequently blocked by the back end of a bus sticking out as it tries to jam itself in behind the taxis. Endless street is virtually impassable on foot at times now.
While I'm sure we all agree we don't want to pour more good money after bad, I don't thnk the current situation is a good deal for anyone - drivers, pedestrians, bus users, shoppers, tourists... Personally i think it's a mess and I'd rather it was just a short term stop gap while something more permanent was arranged - and i'd rather they spent some cash on making sure they came up with the right long term solution, instead of rushing or just picking the cheap option.
Having said that I do feel angry that this situation has been allowed to develop in the first place and so much money has already been spent...
[quote][p][bold]hillyanne[/bold] wrote: Don't waste anymore of our Council tax money on this scheme.The new bus stops around the city are quite adequate.[/p][/quote]I respectfully disagree hillyanne, the bus stop situation is far from ideal. Don't get me wrong, I don't want the council wasting money on pointless consultations most of us could give them the answer to, but a decent bus/coach station is one issue that i think does need to be sorted. Blue boar row, New canal, Castle street, Endless street etc... all of the main streets in the centre of town at times clogged with busses and people waiting to get on them. Castle street frequently blocked by the back end of a bus sticking out as it tries to jam itself in behind the taxis. Endless street is virtually impassable on foot at times now. While I'm sure we all agree we don't want to pour more good money after bad, I don't thnk the current situation is a good deal for anyone - drivers, pedestrians, bus users, shoppers, tourists... Personally i think it's a mess and I'd rather it was just a short term stop gap while something more permanent was arranged - and i'd rather they spent some cash on making sure they came up with the right long term solution, instead of rushing or just picking the cheap option. Having said that I do feel angry that this situation has been allowed to develop in the first place and so much money has already been spent... hairy poppins
  • Score: 14

2:25pm Thu 6 Mar 14

AveryW says...

Where does one now catch a National Express coach to London if the Endless Street station is closed?
Where does one now catch a National Express coach to London if the Endless Street station is closed? AveryW
  • Score: 0

10:13pm Fri 7 Mar 14

LBSmith says...

Wilts and Dorset now have 'free' bus stops (at the expense of Wiltshire rate payers).. Why does Salisbury Council think that if they buy the bus station, that W&D would want to use, and pay for it? There is no financial sense of the parish council buying the site.
Wilts and Dorset now have 'free' bus stops (at the expense of Wiltshire rate payers).. Why does Salisbury Council think that if they buy the bus station, that W&D would want to use, and pay for it? There is no financial sense of the parish council buying the site. LBSmith
  • Score: 9

8:49pm Sat 8 Mar 14

AuraTodd says...

AveryW wrote:
Where does one now catch a National Express coach to London if the Endless Street station is closed?
From the coatch station i think.
[quote][p][bold]AveryW[/bold] wrote: Where does one now catch a National Express coach to London if the Endless Street station is closed?[/p][/quote]From the coatch station i think. AuraTodd
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