£350,000 Victoria Bus Station revamp complete

Around £350,000 has now been spent on Victoria Bus Station.

Work has finished on a £350,000 spruce up of the Victoria Bus Station including a new ticket office and live timetable screens.

The upgrade also includes new lighting and roof glazing to make the station brighter and more inviting.

There are also new floors and seating as well as a toilet.

Around two thirds of the work was finished in May, with the rest including a digital art gallery and refurbishment of the walkway to the shopping centre completed this month.

Victoria Bus Station gallery
Victoria Bus Station now has a digital art gallery.

Andy Gibbons, head of public transport at Nottingham City Council, said the revamp is part of a ten-year programme to improve all waiting facilities across the city – including park and ride sites and bus stops.

Part of the plan is to install live timetable screens at more than 1,500 locations, and Gibbons added: “This is now virtually complete, with the remaining features – 400 real-time displays – being installed over the next 12 months.”

Victoria Bus Station: live timetable screen
Victoria Bus Station’s new live timetable screens.

More than 150,000 bus departures are made from the station by two million passengers a year and the council hopes the improvements will encourage more people to use it.

Nick McDonald, the council’s portfolio holder for transport, said: “The new improvements really make a big difference.

“We want to encourage more people to use public transport by making the station more comfortable and improving information about the bus services. We expect more people to choose the bus as their preferred way to travel.”

Another feature of the revamp includes a ticket office in the heart of the station – which will offer Citycard concessions, along with renewals and top-ups for Robin Hood and Mango cards.

Victoria Bus Station: ticket office
The station also has a new ticket office.

The changes follow a renovation of intu Victoria Centre by the owners in 2014.

Nottingham City Council used a grant from the Department for Transport to pay for the bus station work.

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