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Monday, February 18, 2013
Norwich’s £5m bus station is closed today for a week of repairs to finally fix the long-running problem with its roof.
The bus station, hailed as a state of the art landmark when it opened in 2005, will be shut from 6am on Sunday, February 17 until midnight on Sunday, February 24 to make permanent repairs to its leaking roof.
The repairs are expected to cost around £250,000.
In June last year, water poured through the roof into the main building containing the ticket office, café and toilets.
Norfolk County Council had to shut the station for its contractors to replace the flexible roof with a corrugated steel sheet, but the council now wants to make a long-term repair.
And, in order to manage the number of buses which will instead use neighbouring roads, All Saints Green will be closed to all other traffic between Surrey Street and Queens Road for the duration of the works.
Bosses at Norfolk County Council, which owns the bus station, say it will enable the roof to be fixed, deep cleaning to take place and for essential drainage repairs to be done.
Timetables for buses that usually run from the bus station will be as normal, but the county council has arranged for pick up and drop off to take place at alternative stops on nearby streets.
Posters will be put up at the bus station and other bus stops around Norwich city centre giving details of the alternative stops, while staff will be available on the street to guide passengers to the right place to catch their buses.
The information will also be online at www.norfolk.gov.uk
The information centre, including the ticket desk, café and toilets will be closed and there will be no access for pedestrians or vehicles to the concourse from the Surrey Street entrance or from Queens Road.
Pedestrians will, however, still be able to walk along the footway beside the YMCA. On-street parking will also be suspended on Surrey Street between All Saints Green and Queens Road.
It will still be possible to use the drop-off parking area adjacent to Queens Road, but all vehicles will have to turn right when leaving.
The county council has written to people in the neighbouring area to let them know the timings for the work taking place, although they say the work is weather dependent.
When work was done last year, the date for it had to be changed on a number of occasions because of wet weather.
The bus station was designed by NPS Property Consultants, an “arms-length” company of the county council, with Bluestone the principal contractor.
The council has previously said it was looking into whether the cost of repairs would be covered by warranty or insurance.