Lymington Bus Station closure threatens High Street parking spaces

New Bus Stops set to take car park spaces from Lymington High Street

Valuable car parking spaces along Lymington High Street are in danger of being lost following the imminent closure of the town’s bus station.

No dates for the closure have yet been made public, but new bus stops on either side of the High Street are being planned in order to compensate for the loss of the station.

 

It is feared that two new 30-metre stops would drastically reduce the level of car parking available to visitors and negatively impact the economy of the High Street.

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The closure of the station was first announced in April 2013, with Go Ahead-owned morebus announcing it was to sell the station due to government and local authority subsidy cuts and an increase in fuel duty, which made a dedicated bus station no longer viable. Morebus is part of GoSouthCoast.

 

Hampshire County Council’s executive member for economy, transport and environment, Cllr Seán Woodward, said: “With GoSouthCoast planning to close Lymington Bus Station, the County Council is exploring how best to ensure that passengers continue to have easy access to shops and businesses in the central section of the High Street. For those who are less mobile this is a considerable walk from the existing bus stops.

 

“We are considering installing new stops on both sides of the road in the vicinity of the current bus station. No decisions have yet been made on their exact location or size, or whether parking bays will be removed, but the interests of bus passengers, car drivers, shop owners and others will be taken into account before any decision is made.”

 

Ed Wills, operations director at morebus, added: “When Lymington Bus Station closes later this year, we are working closely with the council to look at the provision of extra bus stops along the High Street, making it easier for local people and visitors to board our buses here. 

 

“We also believe having bus stops in suitable locations will help to attract more people to Lymington throughout the year - and this is likely to have a positive effect on businesses trading in the town centre.”lymington-high-street-2.jpg - 11.05 kb

 

However, town Mayor, Cllr Michael White, who sits on Lymington and Pennington Town Council, said he was “appalled” by the situation and raised his concerns. 

 

He said: “The High Street is under pressure through business rates and high rents and we do not need the significant reduction in car parking that is being thrust upon us without any consultation.”

 

It is understood that the closure will take place in May. 

 

Iain Akerman for lymington.com, 26 February 2015

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