Construction of a temporary bus interchange at Forge Island in Rotherham is due to start on Monday, 19 February, in preparation for a £12m upgrade and refurbishment of Rotherham Interchange by South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE).
After a competitive tendering process, West Yorkshire-based QSP Construction Group has been appointed to build the temporary facility, which will accommodate most of the services that normally use the interchange. Additional temporary stops will also be added to Corporation Street.
The refurbishment works on Rotherham Interchange itself - which will include improved lighting, glazing, seating and Passenger Information Displays (PIDs), plus new floors and a CCTV system - are due to start in the spring, with work taking around 12 months to complete.
Changes in the car park include new surfacing, bigger spaces for modern cars, designated walking routes and new cladding. Whilst the works take place the car park and bus interchange will be closed but the café, shops in the Mall and customer toilets will remain open throughout.
Tim Taylor, Director of Customer Services at SYPTE, said:
“Rotherham Forge Island – as the temporary site will be known – will provide 12 bus stands with lighting, seating and a covered waiting area for passengers along with timetables at each stand, a PID, CCTV and a staffed customer service desk.
“Opening a temporary facility at Forge Island will minimize customer disruption while essential maintenance work, fire damage repairs and refurbishment works take place on the interchange and car park above.”
Gary Broadhead, Director at QSP Construction Group said:
“We are delighted to be given the opportunity of working with SYPTE, whom we have worked with over many years, on the Forge Island Temporary Bus Station project, which when finished will facilitate the commencement of the £12m Interchange re-development.”
SYPTE is already engaging with community groups in Rotherham to inform them about the temporary interchange and the main refurbishment plans and to help them with the transition. A wider public information campaign due to start in the coming weeks will include drop-in events for customers, information panels at the interchange, posters and leaflets on buses, as well as messages on social media.
The temporary facility and the refurbishment of Rotherham Interchange and the car park above it form part of the Rotherham Town Centre Masterplan, led by Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council (RMBC).