Bus station needed

York Press: Bus station needed Bus station needed

A RECENT TV news story highlighted Wakefield as “a city of the future”.

The reason given was that money had been invested in the city centre in better facilities for residents and visitors alike.

A few years ago a large new bus station opened there which included baby-changing room, cafe, newsagent, telephones, toilets and (there’s more) – a travel centre.

Accommodation in York for visitors and students must almost be at saturation point.

If the small businesses in the city centre are to survive, much-needed amenities such as the above would have a knock-on effect, promoting extra income.

In conversation with an employee at the bus station in Wakefield, his derisory comment was: “Oh yes, York is where all travellers catch a bus at the side of the road.”

The Hungate site could be a missed opportunity for a much-needed facility which the city planners have overlooked for far too long.

Barbara Woodley, Fulford, York.

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4:35am Sun 9 Mar 14

Magicman! says...

I don't think Hungate is the right location, not least because services 1,2,3,4,5,7,10,18A,2
9,30,31,35,36,and 40 don't go near the Hungate site and so a bus station would be of no benefit to.
In addition, consider Preston - the council have been trying to demolish the existing bus statmion in favour of a much smaller one, and one of the arguments stated against the bus station is that it is "nowhere near the rail station". A good interchange is multi-modal - and in York the only suitable site is the Queen Street corner. get rid of the bridge and align the road close to the foot of the bank for the city walls, and then demolish those old dirty warehouses on the corner and excavate for a subterrainian car park, then build a double-sidesw sawtooth bay bus station there with an enclosed passenger concourse in the middle of it; extra roadspace freed up in front of the station from not having bus stops and the road aligned away from the front of the station could then be used for an S-shaped taxi rank (with the front most taxi's facing towards the south direction of the station); one lane of the portico area in the station would be paved over or become either an information point or cycle spaces, whilst the outermost lane becomes the pick up and drop off area - the direction of entry would be reversed so vehicles entering go via Tea Room Square (bear in mind the taxi rank is seperate and so they wouldn't go that way); and all cars exiting the taxi rank or station portico then combine on a roundabout with the road, of which the exit from the bus station would too.


As for York, our bus information itself leaves something to be desired... take a look at the slideshow used on the info point for the number 4 university-bound stop at the rail station - it shows a picture of Stagecoach buses and tram rails! Where in York do we have Stagecoach buses and a tram system?? The council have slipped in a photo from Sheffield and hoped nobody would notice!
I don't think Hungate is the right location, not least because services 1,2,3,4,5,7,10,18A,2 9,30,31,35,36,and 40 don't go near the Hungate site and so a bus station would be of no benefit to. In addition, consider Preston - the council have been trying to demolish the existing bus statmion in favour of a much smaller one, and one of the arguments stated against the bus station is that it is "nowhere near the rail station". A good interchange is multi-modal - and in York the only suitable site is the Queen Street corner. get rid of the bridge and align the road close to the foot of the bank for the city walls, and then demolish those old dirty warehouses on the corner and excavate for a subterrainian car park, then build a double-sidesw sawtooth bay bus station there with an enclosed passenger concourse in the middle of it; extra roadspace freed up in front of the station from not having bus stops and the road aligned away from the front of the station could then be used for an S-shaped taxi rank (with the front most taxi's facing towards the south direction of the station); one lane of the portico area in the station would be paved over or become either an information point or cycle spaces, whilst the outermost lane becomes the pick up and drop off area - the direction of entry would be reversed so vehicles entering go via Tea Room Square (bear in mind the taxi rank is seperate and so they wouldn't go that way); and all cars exiting the taxi rank or station portico then combine on a roundabout with the road, of which the exit from the bus station would too. As for York, our bus information itself leaves something to be desired... take a look at the slideshow used on the info point for the number 4 university-bound stop at the rail station - it shows a picture of Stagecoach buses and tram rails! Where in York do we have Stagecoach buses and a tram system?? The council have slipped in a photo from Sheffield and hoped nobody would notice! Magicman!
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