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Work moving on apace at Mansfield bus station

Work on Mansfield's new bus station is continuing apace, with most of the major steel skeleton of the building now in place and giving local people a clue as to what the finished building will look like.

The latest stage is the installation of a 70-metre footbridge which will form the crucial link between the new bus station and the town's railway station, creating a transport interchange for the 21st century.

Over the weekend (14 and 15 July) it was moved into place in three parts, by crane, and marked the halfway point of the construction of the bus station which is due to open to the public early next year.

Now that the bridge is in place the steel structure of the bus station is virtually complete and work will now begin on construction of the roof and installation of the glazing around the sides of the building before moving on to internal work.

"We've reached a really exciting point of the construction work," says Coun Richard Jackson, chairman of the County Council's transport and highways committee.

"For the first time we can start to get a real feel of what the bus station will look like once it's finished."

Mansfield's Executive Mayor, Tony Egginton added: "It's fantastic to see work on the new bus station progressing so quickly.

"This development is a crucial part of the regeneration and prosperity of Mansfield Town Centre and will provide Mansfield visitors and residents with a travel facility fit for the 21st century."

The new £9m bus station is just 180 metres (195 yards) from the market place and within the heart of the town centre.

It will be much closer to the railway station and will benefit the five million passengers using the old bus station each year and, hopefully, encourage more people to travel by public transport.

The building will be light and airy, with extensive use of glass. It will be fully enclosed and have a comfortable waiting area with plenty of seating, toilets, a baby changing area, shops and refreshments.

It will also include a staffed travel information office, electronic timetable information, CCTV cameras linked to the town centre system and automatic doors separating the waiting passengers from buses.

Before the building officially opens next year a time capsule containing snapshots of one day in the life of Mansfield will be buried inside.

The County Council is asking a wide cross-section of people to record their thoughts and experiences of life in the town on Thursday, September 13.

The results will be put into a metal capsule which will be specially lined and sealed and buried inside the bus station in October under special commemorative tiles.

In addition, people are being invited to gather in Mansfield market place at 11am on September 13 to for a photograph which will also go into the capsule.

Published 17 July 2012

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