SOUTH Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE) is taking the first steps towards a £12m upgrade of Rotherham Interchange.
A planning application has this week been submitted for the refurbishment of the bus station supplementing one already approved for the car park above the Interchange, which will form part of the Rotherham Town Centre Masterplan, led by Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council (RMBC).
Proposed improvements to the interchange include new
• seating and;
• updated passenger information
The Interchange was last refurbished in 1995 when it was extended and Frederick Street was pedestrianised as part of town centre improvements. A shopping mall was also introduced at the main entrance linking the bus Interchange to the town centre via a weather protected environment, with new shops fronting onto Effingham Street.
The 1960’s built car park requires life extending repairs and improvements to the customer offer and the bus fire at the Interchange in May 2016 necessitated further internal repairs and provided the opportunity to refresh the interchange.
Works are expected to commence in Spring next year and will last for a period of approximately 12 months. SYPTE and RMBC are currently considering the best option to minimise customer disruption whilst refurbishment works are ongoing. Proposals are in place to fully close the interchange site to the public to allow the contractor unlimited access and to complete the works in the most efficient timescales. SYPTE and RMBC are progressing two parallel options to temporarily relocate buses following the closure – either across on-street bus stops or on the former Tesco site at Forge Island – the latter being the preferred option. A decision is to be made on preferred option in due course.