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To: Exeter City Council
Keep Exeter Bus Station Open until contractors have been found
Keep buses operating from Exeter bus Station until firm plans are made to either build another one or refurbish this one.
Why is this important?
*. The closure of Exeter Bus Station has been postponed until May 2018
*. Tenders for the work of rebuilding will be sent out in the spring but there is no guarantee that they will materialise, so the situation could be similar to today ie station closure and buses on the streets.
*. The Council 'hopes' to keep some services running from the station while the proposed work is going on.
*. An important city like Exeter needs a central bus station.
*. Even supposing that some services could continue while 'hoped for' works are carried out a number of buses will be parked on busy city streets causing havoc.
*. People, particularly the elderly and less able will be confused when looking for buses which could be in several locations.
*. People coming from out of the city by coach need a way of accessing local buses easily.
*. If no firm plans emerge to build a new bus station and buses operate from the streets for years, a new bus station is unlikely to happen
I use bus station almost daily and find the bus station acceptable although it could do with a face lick. We do have a cafe, toilets and an information centre.
From the central bus station I can meet up with friends and go on outings. As an older person I find the company is wonderful and getting out out of the city for walking keeps me positive.
The uncertainty of the current situation could easily rectified be if the Council simply kept the existing bus station open until such time as a contractor has been found.
* Closing the bus station without reason will cause confusion for the public and some less able people will find it impossible to cope with.
* The thought of having no bus station fills me with dread.
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