Work finally kicks off on bus station

PLANS: The site of the proposed bus station and library.
PLANS: The site of the proposed bus station and library.
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After years of waiting and expectation work will finally begin on Heckmondwike’s bus station on Monday.

The hub will gather the bus stops that are currently at opposite sides of The Green into four stands and add real-time departure screens, sheltered cycle stands and a public area.

Kirklees Council leader David Sheard (Lab, Heckmondwike) said: “The new development will not only provide a much improved transport facility in Heckmondwike centre, but will enhance the area as this site has been vacant for a number of years.”

Kirklees Council said a space at the centre of the island would be kept to allow room for a local information centre in the future, but it would be designed in a way that the space could used in the meantime.

The council said work is expected to take about 20 weeks, depending on the weather, which could make the March 2015 completion date that Coun Sheard hoped for earlier this year.