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A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held on Tuesday 16 May with Olympian and Bulwellian Emily Campbell cutting the green ribbon to officially declare the new bus station open – although bus enthusiasts may have been expecting a Leyland Olympian, rather than a sporting Olympian! NOTTINGHAM CITY COUNCIL

Olympian officially opens new Bulwell bus station

Passengers have begun using the newly-refurbished Bulwell bus station in Nottingham after a £900,000 revamp funded by a central Government grant. Nottingham City Council successfully secured the Transforming Cities funding for the project and designed the new bus station, which was constructed by its in-house highways team.

Before the pandemic, around 1.1 million passenger trips were made every year from the bus station, and currently more than 600 bus journeys pass through it every day. The former bus station closed on 16 January for the three-month project to transform it into a more modern, environmentally friendly transport hub. The updated bus station opened on Saturday 13 May, with Nottingham City Transport’s Bus Driver of the Year driving the first bus into the station along with local boy Lorenzo who recently hit the news for his quest to ride on every bus in Nottingham.


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The new bus station features solar powered bus shelter lighting, new greenery in planters along the footpaths with pollinator-friendly plants, safer more energy efficient passenger waiting facilities, upgraded real-time information displays, improved accessibility for wheelchairs and a more efficient layout for operators. The existing bus stops on the north and south side of Vere Street were relocated to a central island to form a saw-tooth arrangement, providing better traffic flow for buses, and more space for pedestrians on the footpaths on both side of the central island.

Nottingham City Council’s Portfolio Holder for Highways, Transport and Parks, Councillor Audra Wynter, said: “The new Bulwell bus station looks fantastic, and is a much more welcoming space for the public as well as being more efficient for buses. One of our big priorities is to help people choose more sustainable ways of making local journeys and having good public transport facilities is a huge part of that. I’m so pleased also to be hearing such great feedback from Bulwell residents who are enjoying using their new bus station – thank you!”

The old and the new…

Richard Walter captured this image juxtaposing old and new on the first day of public service by Stagecoach’s autonomous buses in Edinburgh. As one of the new buses approaches on route AB1, a Lothian Buses dedicated driver training vehicle passes in the opposite direction.