New signage and stand arrangements will be installed at Lincoln City Bus Station in order to improve safety at the central transport hub.
The works will take place from Friday, September 16 to Tuesday, September 20, costing the City of Lincoln Council £5,275, with a contribution from Stagecoach.
A City Council review of safety in the bus station acknowledged that buses have become bigger (as the design has changed to incorporate accessibility features), so the need for bus drivers to make reversing manoeuvres to position them on and off the stand has increased.
Dave Skepper, Commercial Director at Stagecoach East Midlands, said: “We have measures in place to try to manage the safety of manoeuvring buses but clearly a safer environment can be created if the need for bus drivers to reverse is minimised.
“Consequently, Stagecoach East Midlands has worked with the City of Lincoln Council to reduce the number of stands, which creates more space for the buses.”
Due to some motorists not respecting the speed limit inside the station, Stagecoach is also looking at ways of enforcing the speed limit within the bus station.
“Lincoln is well overdue for a new bus station given that the current one has lost pace with the modernisation of the bus service,” Skepper explained.
“We have been very successful in attracting more people to use buses in Lincoln and, in addition to commuters, this includes families with small children in prams and buggies along with older and disabled people.
“This is making the bus station much busier, with more people walking about especially on the crossing points.”
There are also future plans to replace the current bus station in Lincoln with a brand new facility as part of the Lindongate development.
Skepper told The Lincolnite “this project is progressing through the planning stage now and there are hopes that work might commence as early as next year.
“The new site will have modern passenger facilities for buses and trains adjacent to each other on St Mary Street just across the road from the current bus station, which will include covered waiting, seating, public toilets with baby change and disabled facilities, and a travel information centre.”