Leading city councillors have approved the latest changes to the long-awaited Lincoln Transport Hub.
At a meeting of the Executive on March 14, councillors gave the green light to the new designs for the £30 million scheme, which will see the closure of four car parks and a temporary bus station constructed for 18 months.
The scheme will provide a state-of-the-art bus station and 1,000-space multi-storey car park in the city centre, along with improvements to Lincoln Central railway station and the creation of a pedestrianised plaza in St Mary’s Street, connecting the bus and rail stations.
As previously reported, plans for the hub were revised in January 2016, splitting the project into two phases.
The first phase, which no longer includes a dual-purpose footbridge, will now begin earlier than anticipated and construction could be complete by the end of next year.
As part of the development, a temporary bus station based at Tentercroft Street for around 18 months will be created.
The temporary bus station will operate from August 2016 to allow the new bus station and car park to be constructed, ready for opening by the beginning of October 2017.
Car parking spaces will be lost from Tentercroft Street from June this year, while Thornbridge, Sincil Street and the St Mary’s Street NCP car parks will close in September.
Chief executive of City of Lincoln Council, Angela Andrews, said: “Revisions to the hub layout will allow the most important elements – a much-needed new bus station, multi-storey car park and highways improvements – to be delivered sooner than we had originally anticipated.
“There will inevitably be significant disruption while work is progressing, but in the long-term this project will bring huge benefits this to residents, visitors, businesses and commuters – as well as our local economy.”