Forget cleaning up bus station - move it!
ONE of the main users of Boston bus station has called for its location to be moved in a bid to provide a better service for passengers.
Operations director for Brylaine Travel Ltd, Malcolm Wheatley, contacted the Target following an announcement by Boston Borough Council last week that it was considering changes to the current facility off West Street.
Under the proposals the current 'dirty, smelly and weather worn' shelters could be removed and replaced by two vandal-resistent ones which don't include seating.
However, Mr Wheatley said while he supported improvements, another solution would be to move the bus station altogether.
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He said: "We would agree that the state of the bus station and the shelters is quite disgusting.
"However, I think Cllr Richmond and his associates have missed a very important point that we have raised at county level for approximately two years.
"In line with the Disabled Discrimination Act 2000 our bus stations will need to be compliant by the end of 2014.
" I am lead to understand that the present situation in Boston is that extensive and expensive renovations would be required to bring this about should the bus station be left in its present position.
"It has been suggested, and we would fully agree, that the bus station be returned to the position it was in by the Len Medlock Centre.
"This area lends itself to easier and cheaper renovations for compliance and could be covered with one long shelter, open and easily manageable.
"Coaches could be given a drop off/pick up point perhaps by the medical centre in South Street and sent to the dock lorry park for parking.
"The present bus station designated for car parking."
He added that Brylaine would also like to see an emphasis on providing facilities at the Market Place stop where a greater proportion of passengers board, due to the lack of space available to allow the provision of a full bus station that is less remote to the town centre than the West Street sites.
Portfolio holder for the town centre, Councillor Derek Richmond, said: "'We thank Mr Wheatley for his views and thoughts for the council to consider regarding the future of both the bus and coach stations."