Andover’s new bus station was officially opened today (Wednesday 10 September 2014) by Hampshire County Councillor Seán Woodward and Test Valley Borough Councillor Ian Carr.
The £3million building, now home to the bus station, Test Valley Community Services, Shopmobility and a new café, was completed in 12 months and will be operated by Stagecoach. The new bus station has been funded from developers of new commercial and housing schemes in Andover, and provides a modern, comfortable and attractive facility for people living and working in the area.
The new bus station has additional space for buses and coaches, new waiting and seating areas, electronic passenger information systems, a café, offices for Test Valley Community Services and Shopmobility. Hampshire County Council’s in-house team of in-house architects, engineers, and quantity surveyors were involved in the design and construction phases of the new bus station.
Councillor Seán Woodward, Executive Member for Economy, Transport and Environment at Hampshire County Council, said: “Andover Bus Station is an excellent example of what can be achieved by working with our public and private sector partners.
“During the planning stages, we asked local people what they would like to see in their new bus station, and I am very pleased with what has been achieved here. It reflects what the community wants to see in a bus station and is fitting gateway to the town. The new facilities at the bus station will significantly improve bus travel in and around Andover, helping to reduce traffic in the town centre and therefore making it easier for everyone to get around.”
Councillor Ian Carr, Leader of Test Valley Borough Councillor, said: “I am delighted to be part of the official opening of the new bus station. As a borough council we are keen to help enhance our town centres, and I hope the new facility provides the modern and attractive gateway to the town that Andover and its residents truly deserve.
“As our communities grow, the local facilities and infrastructure need to grown too, and this fresh, new bus station is a reflection of that.
“The project is an excellent example of local agencies working together and I look forward to residents and visitors making use of the facility for years to come.”
Regional Managing Director for Stagecoach, Andrew Dyer said: “The new bus station will provide much-improved facilities for passengers, including a secure, covered passenger lounge with seating area and electronic passenger information departure display.
“I hope passengers will agree the new bus station is a huge improvement on what was there previously and we hope it will encourage more people to travel by bus, and help to reduce traffic around the Town Centre.”
Andover’s Stagecoach Operations Manager, Pete Robinson told Andover & Villages, “The new bus station is a great improvement on what was here previously, passengers can now wait for their buses in comfort and warmth, without being a victim to the weather. We have seen an increase in both footfall and passengers since the station opened, which is greatly encouraging.”
Passengers were encouraged to submit their details for regular email alerts, entering them into a draw for a free year’s bus pass.
Also being given away by Stagecoach during the day, were sweets and promotional items.
Music kept passengers entertained throughout the day.