A recently-acquired council property would be the ‘ideal location’ for a town centre bus station.
The leader of North East Lincolnshire Council has hinted he would like to situate Grimsby’s proposed public transport hub on Osborne Street, although other plans could be drawn up. It comes after the council recently bought the 1.6 acre site at numbers 3 to 15.
The site, which includes derelict shop units and the neighbouring car park off Garden Street, was described as a “blight on the area.” It was bought with the hopes of regenerating the town centre, with one possible use being the bus station which the council has recently applied for government funding for.
Council leader Councillor Philip Jackson told a full council meeting that potential plans and funding opportunities are being looked at.
“Last week we announced that 1.6 acres of town centre development land is being purchased by this council. Contracts have now been exchanged on the area, which comprises of 3 to 15 Osborne Street and the land behind those buildings on Garden Street, which is currently used as a car park,” he said.
“This area has been derelict and a blight on the area for several years. This is a strategic regeneration acquisition, and we need to develop further plans and identify funding opportunities.
“However, it would be an ideal location for a new transport hub, with its proximity to the main shopping areas and the railway station and enjoying excellent highway connectivity, and would once again provide Grimsby with a proper bus station, complimenting other town centre regeneration projects.”
Ambitions to bring a centralised bus station back to Grimsby town centre were revealed in council plans last year. It was the single biggest request in a consultation with bus users.
The council has launched a bid for £39million of government cash from the Bus Back Better scheme. If successful, £10million would be used to build the transport hub with real-time bus information, a ticket office, toilets, seats and CCTV.
Tesco, Poundland, Kwik Save and Somerfield are amongst the retailers who have previously occupied the Osborne Street units. The 18,000 square foot property had been advertised on the market for £750,000.