News: Rawtenstall To Get State-Of-The-Art Bus Station
Wednesday, 3rd March 2004
LANCASHIRE County Councillor Jean Yates has given the go-ahead for multi-million pound plans to be drawn up for a new bus station in Rawtenstall.
It is hoped that the county council, who already have an enviable record for building state-of-the-art facilities, can work with the borough council as part of wider regeneration plans.
Talks will now be held to draw up blueprints for modern, accessible facilities for the town. This is likely to involve redeveloping the existing bus station site, although discussions are still taking place with the district council on the precise location and funding. It is hoped that the project will be finished some time in 2006.
County Councillor Yates said:
"The aim is to create a safe and welcoming, state-of-the-art, bus station to replace what had become regarded by many as a public transport liability.
"The people of Rawtenstall only need to look as far as Burnley for proof that we can deliver first-class public transport facilities. Burnley bus station has won a number of awards and we hope that these projects are equally successful."
Rawtenstall county councillor Hazel Harding, also leader of the county council, welcomed the news:
"This is excellent news for Rawtenstall and once the work has been completed it will improve conditions for passengers.
"In addition, the creation of first class facilities will hopefully assist Rawtenstall in attracting people from other areas into the town."
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