September 5th, 2016

Bus station proposal in town centre not ruled out by council

Bus station proposal in town centre not ruled out by council Bus station proposal in town centre not ruled out by council

A PROPOSAL to create a bus station on part of a Stratford town centre car park could yet become a reality.

Lib Dem councillors Jenny Fradgley and Kate Rolfe put forward a notice of motion to Stratford District Council’s Cabinet asking them to consider the possibility of establishing a bus station on Arden Street car park.

It comes after the council granted an option on the Windsor Street car park as part of the redeveloped ‘Gateway’ scheme to a developer without any requirement to include a bus station.

They argued the station would not only help cut traffic pollution but also reduce the number of buses stopping on Wood Street.

And after discussing the issue at a recent meeting, members opted to defer consideration of the motion pending a further report by officers.

It is understood the officers are now set to consult with Warwickshire County Council on whether the plans are achievable.

The pair had also called on the council to consider new sites for a southern park and ride to serve the town following the closure of the previous Waitrose site off Shipston Road in July this year.

They argued if a proposed relief road was built between Long Marston and the Shipston Road, a junction on the road could be a suitable site.

Councillors resolved to consider the possibility in any future negotiations involving the relief road.

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