Work to begin on new bus station
Work is to begin soon on a new bus station and improved car parking facilities in Bishop Auckland.
We will commence preparatory work for the development next month, after councillors approved plans for the new bus station earlier in the summer.
The current bus station on Saddler Street will close after last services on Sunday 10 September and buses will temporarily start operating from Tenters Street and Newgate Street from Monday 11 September.
For other road users on Tenters Street and Newgate Street, alternative loading and parking locations will be available.
Details of where to board each bus will be on display in the current shelters with further information available online at Bishop Auckland bus station and car park
In 2020, we successfully bid for £11.8 million of funding from the Future High Streets Fund to improve Bishop Auckland's transport and parking facilities.
The new bus station will be modern and fit for purpose, helping support businesses by attracting visitors to the town, address shortages in car parking and also increase footfall into the town centre once complete.
Bringing new life to the town
The development is a part of our wider plans to bring new life to the town centre through a range of regeneration-led improvements, focusing on leisure and recreation. This includes repurposing and reopening vacant properties, walking and cycling improvements and improving public spaces in the town.
Cllr James Rowlandson, our Cabinet member for resources, investment and assets, said: "We are looking forward to beginning work on this project and appreciate people's patience whilst the work is carried out.
"Plans to improve sustainable transport and parking in Bishop Auckland are key aspects of our ambitions to regenerate the town. We are committed to ensuring the new bus station becomes a thriving and attractive hub to everyone who lives and works in, and visits, the area."
There may also be minor changes to service timetables which can be found at bus timetable information