The eagerly awaited £3.5 million bus station in the heart of Rawtenstall welcomed its first buses and passengers on Sunday 24th November 2019.
The eight stand bus station, which has been funded by Lancashire County Council, is part of the Growth Deal supported multi-million-pound phase one Spinning Point redevelopment of the town.
The new Rawtenstall Bus Station has been developed by Rossendale Council and Barnfield and replaces the old, cold and leaky bus station which dates back to the 1970s.
The brand new transport facility is served by buses operated by Rosso and The Burnley Bus Company, including the convenient Witchway service that transports commuters, shoppers and fun-seekers straight to the heart of Manchester city centre, and the stylish 464 which links Rawtenstall with nearby towns of Rochdale, Haslingden, Bacup and Accrington.
In its place, the brand-new bus station offers customers a warm and safe place to wait for their buses – and with all local services arriving and departing in one place, it’ll make connections between routes much easier for everyone.
Building work on the £3.5million project began in the Spring and this week the finishing touches were being made ready for its first bus passengers. The impressive transport facility features the very latest equipment, including live departure boards, to help travellers reach their destination.
Oliver Starkey, head of Public & Integrated Transport at Lancashire County Council, said: “Public transport interchanges like Rawtenstall Bus Station ensure local communities and businesses are connected.
“This purpose built building will provide a comfortable, safe and welcoming environment for people using buses in the town.
“We would really encourage customers to come along and see the new bus station for themselves.”
Cath Burns, Director of Economic Development, said: “We are delighted the bus station is opening this weekend. It will be a big boost for the town and the borough, and is part of a wider transformational journey for Rawtenstall.”
Transdev CEO Alex Hornby said: “We know from our customers that the new Rawtenstall Bus Station has been eagerly awaited.
“All our Rosso buses serving Rawtenstall, including our Irwell Line and 464 routes, now use the new bus station, along with our famous Witchway buses to Manchester, Burnley and Skipton.
“The Transdev way is always about raising the standard of bus travel, to make the bus a place our customers want to be seen in, and as proven by the growth of 15% more bus users we have seen at Rosso since it was welcomed into our family. The new Rawtenstall bus station is the ideal gateway to our services, and with Christmas just around the corner, there’s no better time to leave the stresses of driving and parking behind and join us on board.”
As well as catching a bus in comfort, bus passengers using the new Rawtenstall bus station are also able to buy a range of tickets and passes from its new travel shop, for local travel in the Rossendale valley or right across the North of England using all Transdev buses, near and far.
Joe said: “This town has been waiting for a fantastic new facility like this for many years and for me, being the driver of the very first bus to use it is something very special.
“The old bus station was a draughty place going back to the 1970s, with a leaking roof which let in the rain and the cold. The new one offers our customers a warm and safe place to begin and end their journeys with us, and it’s the ideal partner for our many new and revitalised buses.”
Full details of which stand to catch your bus at the new Rawtenstall bus station are displayed within the facility and online at transdevbus.co.uk/rosso/arriveamazing.