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Queen Street bridge worries
SOAP BOX contributors to The Press of September 10 describe difficulties and doubts about the demolition of Queen Street bridge to provide a bus station in close proximity to the railway station. They are right.
Such an extended disruption might continue for many months or longer, during which there is no easy diversion route. The cost to those directly affected and peripherals would be extreme. This could be another over-ambitious plan which is likely to fade into oblivion as it did several years ago.
Of course, a bus station to serve the residents of York and visitors is a dire necessity and plans have been overdue for years.
Direct connection to the station would be a bonus but not a vital need. A number of cities/towns have bus stations where practical railway stations were built long before bus stations were envisaged.
A simpler feasibility study would and should be to find a space in or near the city centre for the bus station. Hungate ceased further development some time ago and is a possibility. Even next to or part of a Park&Ride would be a more practical solution.
J Beisly, Osprey Close, York.
• I READ with wonder at the news of a proposed coach terminal near the railway station, which I agree is long overdue.
But could someone please tell me where the space is coming from? If Queen Street Bridge is demolished, surely we would still need a road where the current one is; so where is all this extra land coming from to cater for a coach terminus?
There is the current car park and the old Railway Museum; this would then be ample space if it was allowed to happen. The tear-drop site would be ideal, but where is the access to that coming from.
My main concern would be keeping the Bar Walls intact.
Dave Matthewman, Green Lane, York.
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