Suffolk County Council has launched a pre-planning consultation for local people to give their views on proposed designs for a new and improved bus station in the heart of Sudbury.
The plans would see the bus station relocated to Girling Street Car Park from its current position on Hamilton Road, which would enable the land at the existing bus station to be developed as part of Babergh District Council’s Hamilton Road Quarter redevelopment vision.
Girling Street Car Park was identified as the preferred option for a new bus station following public engagement, car park capacity surveys and consultation with bus operators, Babergh District Council, Sudbury Town Council and the Sudbury Steering Group.
Cllr James Finch, Suffolk County Council Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport, said: “Relocating to Girling Street would offer a new and improved bus station right in the heart of Sudbury and shows a commitment to providing sustainable public transport for the town for years to come.
“It would also open up the opportunity for new retail, business and leisure facilities in Sudbury to revitalise the town centre, and this will help to attract visitors, strengthen businesses and provide new jobs.
“A new bus station is an important gateway into Sudbury and this consultation is an opportunity for the public to give their views on the proposed designs as part of the planning process.”
Public consultation events will be held in Sudbury Town Hall between 5pm and 8pm on Friday 14 October and from 10am until 4pm on Saturday 15 October.
There will also be a display exhibition in Sudbury Town Hall from Monday 3 October to Tuesday 25 October. Sudbury Town Hall is open from 9am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday.
Following the consultation, feedback will be incorporated into the planning application for a new Sudbury Bus Station. There will also be the opportunity for the public to give their views on the full planning application later in the year.
The consultation closes on Tuesday 25 October 2016.