Friday, January 19, 2018
Work is continuing on the redevelopment of the concourse at Preston Bus Station, with more sections now completed.
The latest improvements include new toilets, new internal coach facilities, a new information desk and a new security office.
The women's toilets have been created in the new coach station area, close to the Guild Hall end of the building.
Charges will be introduced for people using these toilets, in line with other bus and railway stations around the country.
However people will be able to use them for free until this comes into effect in February - to give people time to become more aware. Change machines have been installed.
These changes are the latest stage of work on the multi-million pound redevelopment of the well-known grade-II listed building, which is owned by Lancashire County Council.
County Councillor Keith Iddon, cabinet member for highways and transport, said: "We're really pleased with the redevelopment work in the concourse and we've already had lots of comments from people about how good it now looks.
"We know that these toilets will be a big improvement on what we had before, with better facilities for people to use. Toilet charges are quite normal at bus and railway stations around the country. People who travel to other places will be familiar with this.
"A small charge helps with the upkeep, reduces the running costs and helps to reduce anti-social behaviour.
"Our multi-million pound redevelopment is progressing well. The concourse has been renovated in keeping with the Listed status and the bus stands have been updated. As a Listed building, we have a responsibility to keep it well-maintained."
The new women's toilets are located in the coach lounge area, while the refurbished women's toilets will be temporarily for use by men - until the men's toilets have been refurbished. Signage will be in place to advise customers of this new arrangement.
There will be no charge for the use of the toilet facilities, to allow people time to get used to the new arrangements, with a 20p charge introduced from Thursday 1 February. This will not apply to the Changing Places toilet.
The coach station will open later this year, once the associated highway work has been completed at the south end of the bus station.
As part of the overall redevelopment work, there have also been repairs to the concrete, as well as new doors, lighting, bus stands, security cameras, bus signs, windows and much more. The wooden barriers have also been revamped.
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