Plan for £935,000 bus interchange in Oakham revealed

An artists impression of the Oakham Bus Interchange.
An artists impression of the Oakham Bus Interchange.
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Plans for a new bus interchange that will feature toilet facilities, a storage room for bikes and a waiting room have been revealed.

Rutland County Council plans to demolish the public toilets in John Street and build the new facility as part of a project that will cost £935,000.

Councillors are being asked to approve the development at a cabinet meeting on Tuesday, which has been funded by a successful bid to the Department of Transport, so that detailed plans can be produced and a planning application submitted.

The facility will include a covered outdoor waiting area, an indoor waiting room, toilet facilities including baby changing, vending machines and a secure storage area for bikes.

The interchange would serve all buses, including the Rutland tourist bus Shorelink, which launched in May.

Rutland County Council deputy leader Coun Terry King (Con) said: “We’ve known for some time that we need to do something to improve John Street as the current bus stop area is not particularly attractive, provides little in the way of shelter, and has limited facilities for passengers.

“Our successful bid has provided much needed funding to carry out some work, and we’re determined to make the most of the opportunity.”