Lincoln Transport Hub

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Lincoln Transport Hub
Lincoln City bus station.jpg
Lincoln City Bus Station, demolished in 2016
Location St Mary's Street
Lincoln
United Kingdom
Coordinates 53°13′38″N 0°32′15″W / 53.2273°N 0.5375°W / 53.2273; -0.5375Coordinates: 53°13′38″N 0°32′15″W / 53.2273°N 0.5375°W / 53.2273; -0.5375
Owned by City of Lincoln Council
Bus stands 15 (planned)
Bus operators Stagecoach in Lincolnshire, TransLinc, Brylaine, Hunt's Travel, PC Coaches
(All services are currently operating from a temporary bus station on Tentercroft Street)
Connections Lincoln Central railway station
Construction
Parking 1,000 spaces (planned)
Bicycle facilities Yes
Disabled access Yes
History
Opened January 2018 (planned)
Closed 27 August 2016 (former bus station)
Traffic
Passengers (at closure) 7 million annually[1]

The Lincoln Transport Hub is an under construction transport interchange located in Lincoln city centre in Lincolnshire, United Kingdom. Once complete, it will connect Lincoln Central railway station with a new bus station across a pedestrianised plaza on St Mary's Street. Lincoln Transport Hub is scheduled to open in December 2017.

Lincoln City Bus Station[edit]

Stagecoach in Lincolnshire Optare Solo running on methane fuel in the old bus station

The Lincoln Transport Hub site was formerly occupied by Lincoln City Bus Station, the previous main bus service hub in the city.[2]

The chief operator at the time of closure was Stagecoach in Lincolnshire, who run city- and county-wide services, with destinations including Boston, Grantham, Grimsby, Scunthorpe and Skegness. Additional city services are provided by PC Coaches. Other Interconnect and CallConnect services are run by InterConnect.[3] National Express Coaches also operate from Lincoln to Victoria coach station in London and to Westward Ho! in Devon. There is a weekly service from Bourne operated by Kimes.[4] With the closure of Lincoln City Bus Station, these services have now transferred to a temporary bus station off Tentercroft Street.

In 2011, Stagecoach in Lincolnshire introduced the first buses in the United Kingdom to be powered by methane. A fleet of specially-converted Optare Solos transferred from Stagecoach Yorkshire were used on city bus services out of Lincoln City Bus Station.[5] However, these buses have now been withdrawn as of 2016.

In 2012, planning permission was granted for Lincolnshire Co-operative Society to redevelop the bus station site as part of a development to be known as Lindongate; it was later renamed to the Lincoln Transport Hub redevelopment. A new bus station will be included in the development, closer to the railway station.[6][7]

Lincoln City Bus Station closed at midnight on 27 August 2016. The following day, services transferred to a temporary bus station located in a former car park off Tentercroft Street, half a mile to the south. In October 2016, an archaeological dig commenced on the site, recovering a large horde of 12th and 13th century pottery and other artefacts.[8] Demolition of the bus station then commenced on 12 November 2016 and was completed by January 2017.[9]

Lincoln Transport Hub[edit]

Construction of the new bus station and multi-storey car park at Lincoln Transport Hub commenced in January 2017, following the demolition of Lincoln City Bus Station, and is scheduled to be completed and opened by December 2017.[10]

Lincoln Transport Hub consists of a new fifteen-stand bus station, located next to the former bus station, connected to Lincoln Central railway station by a pedestrianised plaza on St Mary's Street. The former bus station site will be occupied by a new 1,000-space multi-storey car park.[11] There are also plans for improvements to the railway station itself, alongside the construction of a new footbridge over the railway line from Tentercroft Street into the city centre to increase the connectivity of the city centre on foot and by cycle. The total cost of the project is estimated to be around £30 million.[12]

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