Friday, November 22, 2019
Rawtenstall's new bus station is set to open to the public on Sunday, November 24.
The first bus will leave the station at 7.55am.
The eight stand bus station, which has been funded by Lancashire County Council, is part of the Growth Deal supported multi-million pound phase one Spinning Point redevelopment of the town.
The bus station has been delivered by Rossendale Council and Barnfield.
Building work on the £3.5million project began in the Spring and this week the finishing touches were being made ready for its first customers.
It features the very latest equipment, including live departure boards, to help travellers reach their destination.
The retail units will be occupied by new businesses to Rawtenstall who are at an advanced stage in the legal process, and adaptation works are to commence shortly following the opening of the bus station
Oliver Starkey, head of Public & Integrated Transport at Lancashire County Council, said: "Public transport interchanges like Rawtenstall Bus Station ensure local communities and businesses are connected.
"This purpose built building will provide a comfortable, safe and welcoming environment for people using buses in the town.
"We would really encourage customers to come along and see the new bus station for themselves."
Cath Burns, Director of Economic Development, said: “We are delighted the bus station is opening this weekend. It will be a big boost for the town and the borough, and is part of a wider transformational journey for Rawtenstall.”
Transdev CEO Alex Hornby said: “We know from our customers that the new Rawtenstall Bus Station has been eagerly awaited.
“All our Rosso buses serving Rawtenstall, including our Irwell Line and 464 routes, now use the new bus station, along with our famous Witchway buses to Manchester, Burnley and Skipton.
“The Transdev way is always about raising the standard of bus travel, to make the bus a place our customers want to be seen in, and as proven by the growth of 15% more bus users we have seen at Rosso since it was welcomed into our family.
"The new Rawtenstall bus station is the ideal gateway to our services and with Christmas just around the corner, there’s no better time to leave the stresses of driving and parking behind and join us on board.”
A spokesman for the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership, which is delivering the Growth Deal, said: "This new bus station is an important boost to the economy of Rossendale. Ensuring good transport links and infrastructure are key to helping support the economic future of the town."
For more information about services visit https://www.transdevbus.co.uk/rosso/