News: New Interchange 'will Spearhead Regeneration'
Wednesday, 31st March 2004
A NEW transport interchange could kickstart vital regeneration of Nelson centre, according to Lancashire's transport chief.
County Councillor Jean Yates, Lancashire County Council Cabinet member for Highways and Transportation, says the preferred option of a new bus station adjacent to the rail station will smarten the centre and bring the area's transport into the 21st century.
Lancashire County Council and Pendle Council have teamed up to investigate sites - and each agree that the proposed location would lead to wider regeneration.
Councillor Yates said:
"Recent experience of similar projects in Keighley and Burnley shows that wider regeneration and an increased number of new businesses near the bus stations soon follows.
"Given that this site is so central to Nelson it would be ideal for the travelling public and an ideal way to kickstart a new look for the town - a top priority for Lancashire County Council.
"Such an interchange would feature a fully enclosed passenger concourse with travel offices, café facilities, a newsagent, toilets, electronic passenger information screens and CCTV coverage for passenger safety.
"There will, of course, be some disruption while works take place but both councils will be working with local traders and businesses to minimise that.
"We are keen to retain businesses within the town centre and will do whatever we can to that end."
A new interchange would, she added, link bus, train and taxi services while being close to existing shops.
Both authorities have examined two other sites in Nelson. All three would offer a similar range of facilities.
Councillor Yates added:
"We really want the site adjacent to the train station but we do have other options if something unexpected arises.
"Passengers and the general public deserve the very best that we can provide."
Councillor Alan Davies, leader of Pendle Council, added his support to the preferred site.
"This site makes sense as it is near to the railway station and taxi ranks. The bus interchange planned by Lancashire County Council will give an important and welcome boost to Pendle Council's plans to regenerate Nelson town centre."
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