Norwich Bus Station to close for roof repairs

Norwich Bus Station. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Norwich Bus Station will close for roof repairs. - Credit: Denise Bradley

Norwich Bus Station will close for two days this month while repairs and cleaning are carried out.

Konectbus, which operates the station, confirmed the news in a notice on its website.

No buses will be able to serve the station on June 6 or June 13, affecting journeys on both Sundays.

Konectbus' routes 1, 3, 5B, 8, 40A and 41A will all start at stands in St Stephens Street instead.

Jeremy Cooper, managing director of Go-East Anglia – Konectbus' parent company – said: "The closure happens every year and facilitates the annual maintenance and cable tensioning check that was accepted as necessary when the bus station was built."

First Norwich also said some of its services would be affected.

Its Excel service will operate from stand BQ in St Stephens Street, while stand BS will be the place to go to catch the X1, X11, X21 and X22.

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"Services may be able to resume after 5pm depending on progress but if this is the case our drivers will check both locations for waiting passengers," First added.

The bus station opened in Norwich in 2005, and, in 2016, was named as the ninth best designed station in the world by a leading design magazine.

But it has been plagued by a series of problems in its roof, like when in 2012 water poured into the main building due to a leaking roof, which was finally repaired permanently in February 2013.

Last year a programme of improvement works began at the station, when toilets and waiting areas were refurbished, lighting improvements were made, more outdoor seating was added and new voice-activated passenger information technology was trialled.

That project "to enhance the experience for passengers" was meant to go on for four months but ended up taking until July due to delays caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

That £1m scheme meant that, all in, more than £6.2m has been spent on the construction and maintenance of the station.