New traffic orders with an estimated cost of £80,000 will be implemented in order to temporarily transfer bus services from Exeter Bus Station to on-street locations while construction of a brand new facility is underway. The new bus station is due to open to the public in winter 2020, and will be built alongside a new state-of-the-art leisure facility, St. Sidwell’s Point, due open at the same time.
The plans were put in jeopardy last September when plans to extend Princesshay shopping centre were cancelled due to “market conditions”. Cllr Andrew Leadbetter, leader of the Conservative opposition on City Council, said: “We have heard today a lot about all the inconvenience this will cause to businesses and vehicles, but not for actual bus users. But the bus station is a figment of the imagination of Exeter City Council.”
Cllr Ollie Pearson disagreed with these statements, saying: “These are good proposals to make it easier for whoever the developer is to work and to give the best facilities we can for bus users.”