New Oakham bus station is a ‘huge improvement’

Work on the new bus station in Oakham is nearly complete. EMN-140430-111925001
Work on the new bus station in Oakham is nearly complete. EMN-140430-111925001
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The doors to Oakham’s new bus station will open next week.

Bus services in the town will be returning to normal on Tuesday as the new facility in John Street will be ready for use.

The new station, which cost £900,000 to build is part of the £4m Travel4Rutland project, funded by the Department for Transport.

It features a canopy to provide shelter, new external lighting to make the area more appealing during the winter months and a range of indoor facilities.

Rutland County Council deputy leader Coun Terry King (Con) said: “The new bus station will provide much improved facilities for passengers including an indoor waiting area, real-time bus information screen and toilet facilities. I hope passengers will agree that the new bus station is a huge improvement on what was there previously and we hope it will encourage more people to use local bus services.”

Services have been operating from a temporary base in Catmos Street for the past five months as construction work has taken place to build the new station.

Portfolio holder for transport Coun Martyn Pocock (Con) said: “The temporary bus stops seem to have worked well during the winter months but we are obviously delighted that services will soon be returning to their permanent home on John Street.

“The council is also ready to reinstate the limited parking bays in Catmos Street that were removed to create space for the temporary bus stops.

“I’d also like to thank local residents for their understanding and co-operation in recent months. The end result is much-improved public transport facilities that will benefit the whole county and those who live here and visit for work or pleasure for years to come.”

The Travel4Rutland project also includes the ShoreLink service connecting Oakham and Uppingham to Rutland Water as well as the WorkLink service for local shift workers.