Coach services could return to former Greyfriars bus station site in Northampton

Greyfriars Bus Station NNL-150602-104010009
Greyfriars Bus Station NNL-150602-104010009

A new coach station could be built on land to the west of the former Greyfriars bus station.

Northampton Borough Council said today that talks are being held about an “improved facility” near the Mayorhold car park.

Coaches currently leave from shelters in Victoria Street, where some toilets have recently been installed for waiting passengers.

And the council also announced it is working with National Express to relocate evening coach services to the North Gate Bus Station later this year.

A spokeswoman said: “Some work on the site has already begun and a feasibility study is already looking at the creation of a new, improved facility for coaches on the western island section. This would replace the Victoria Street coach stop and complement the facilities at North Gate.

She added: “The shelters and toilet recently installed at Victoria Street coach stop were designed to be suitable for easy relocation and can be moved to the new coach station site.”

The announcements are part of a ‘concept plan’ being worked on to guide the development of the Greyfriars site after the demolition of the old bus station on March 15.

The four-acre site was subject to a public consultation carried out last year, which offered more than 300 ideas for cultural, retail, transport, residential, commercial and community uses.

The spokeswoman said the plan would look at the best way to mix a number of uses on the site to “work with other regeneration in Northampton and take the town forward into the future”.

Councillor David Mackintosh said: “Greyfriars offers a stunning opportunity for future regeneration in the town centre as part of our ongoing Northampton Alive strategy, which has already brought a number of significant developments to the town.

“We have already had interest in the site from a number of developers and it is important that we have expert advice on the options for the site so that we make the best possible decisions for the future.”

-The commissioning of a concept plan will be discussed at a meeting of Northampton Borough Council Cabinet on Wednesday 4 March.

-If approved, a specialist company will be retained to produce a plan by July.

-When the Greyfriars building has been demolished, the site will be cleared and made ready for development by the demolition contractors, before being handed back to the Borough Council by the summer.