December 18 2013 Latest news:
Thursday, November 1, 2012
A new canopy roof will have to be put over Norwich’s £5m bus station just seven years after it opened, council bosses have admitted.
In the summer, the ticket office, toilets and cafe shut for more than a month because of a leak in the the futuristic-looking roof, pictured right.
Norfolk County Council’s contractors carried out repairs, but it has emerged the long-term solution will mean a new canopy will have to be put into place.
Council officers say that “major work” will not happen until the new year.
But, in the meantime, there will have to be further work on the existing bus station roof this Sunday to head off further leaks once wintry weather arrives.
A spokesman said: “We have looked at what caused the problem and there is going to have to be a new canopy. That is going to be a major job. We can’t do that in the run-up to Christmas, so it will probably be done at half-term in February next year.
“The work we will do at the weekend is to ensure that the temporary repairs we did in the summer will last through the winter.”
During Sunday’s work all services will run from the bus station, but only from stands 14 and 15.
Posters will be on site providing information to passengers and staff will direct bus users.
But, while the buses will run, the work means the concourse areas outside the terminal building will be closed to all buses and pedestrians. Passengers will be able to enter the site from Surrey Street or from the main entrance on Queens Road, but there will be no entry to the bus station via the Queens Road entrance under the Travelodge.
All bus services, including National Express services, will be directed to enter the bus station from the Surrey Street entrance, serve either stand 14 or 15 (outside the YMCA) and then leave via the Queens Road entrance.