Friday, November 4, 2016

News: £12m needed for bus station repairs

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The costs of refurbishing the car park which is "nearing the point of being beyond economic repair" at Rotherham Interchange is an estimated £12m.

Rothbiz reported last month that a large scale redevelopment of the bus station in Rotherham town centre looks unlikely as partners instead focus on refurbishing the car park.

Opened in 1971, the multi storey car park on the site has since developed widespread defects and the existing tight spaces and drab appearance mean that occupancy levels only average approximately one third of its 678 capacity.

Plans were approved in 2014 for the detailed design of the renovation and re-cladding of the four-storey car park. However, the start date of the refurbishment was delayed following a decision to further investigate alternative development options on the site.

Talks have been ongoing between the operators, the SYPTE, Rotherham Council and owners Norseman Holdings on which option to take. A cinema and new interchange scheme proposal was developed but the funding to deliver the scheme could not be sourced.

The issue has been complicated by a fire at the site in May which caused significant damage to the interior of the interchange and impacted on services and reduced income from the car park.

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A report to the Sheffield City Region Combined Authority Transport Committee outlines that the Interchange Refurbishment project is in the process of being refined and is likely to include repairs to the car park, repairs following the fire and the "refurbishment of parts of the Interchange to improve the visual appearance and make the site more attractive and less threatening to customers."

The capital strategy from Rotherham Council includes an ambition to invest in "Improvements to the Transport Interchange, to address current condition and public safety issues. The aim is to create a new, brighter, safer environment and address some of the issues around CSE in and around the existing Interchange."

Only 15% of school pupils responding to the Borough Wide Lifestyle Survey said they feel safe at the bus station.

Works could begin in the Summer of 2017 and the estimated final cost of this scheme is approximately £12m including risk and inflation, but work on scope, costs and risks are progressing.

£3m from the reserves of South Yorkshire's transport budget has already been put aside for the works and a bid for funding will be presented to the Sheffield City Region Combined Authority in due course.

Images: SYPTE / Aedas


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