Modern-day transport hub is needed within ‘big town plan’
In line with the 'Big Town Plan', Shrewsbury's bus station needs to be expanded into a transport hub not closed.
This would require a heated/air conditioned waiting room with real time information both visible and audible (for the visible impaired). The seating needs to be like that which we have come used to in coffee shops.
This must include toilets, free drinking water to counter the need for one use plastic bottles and at least food and drink vending machines together with recycling waste bins. There would need to be left luggage cabinets including some designed for bicycles which should include charging points for electric bikes.
Outside there would be a landscaped picnic area with children's play area to alleviate the stress of waiting. The transport hub should provide for coach drop off and pick up and would therefore be an ideal place for an information office. Close by there also needs to be a taxi rank.
The 'Big Town Scheme' states that that late night buses are required to get people home after they leave the town's restaurants, theatre etc. With most of the Old Smithfield site in the hands of our representatives surely now is the time to provide services to get the 'Big Town' project under way; not just talked about!
To get the same increase in bus travel as has happened in train travel these sort of facilities are essential.
Mr M Hoskin, Shrewsbury