Bus station may take up to four years

PLANS: The site of the proposed bus station and library.
PLANS: The site of the proposed bus station and library.

A METRO boss has said money is in place for a new Heckmondwike bus station – but it could take up to four years to come to fruition.

Dave Pearson, assistant director of transport services for transport authority Metro, was asked about plans for the long-awaited bus station at Tuesday’s Spen Valley Area Committee meeting.

He said: “The station is still on the agenda. Clearly we do live in difficult financial times. There has to be a fully viable scheme for us to move forward with.

“There is money earmarked in the local transport plan to do something over the next three to four years.

“It will require us to work very closely with Kirklees and ward members to develop a scheme that is viable.

“It is not a scheme that is ready in terms of things we can do right now, but it is definitely on the agenda for the long term.”

The bus station is planned for an area in Heckmondwike town centre which has been specially cleared to make way for it.

Kirklees Council has said it will also be building a library and information centre on the site.

In October Coun David Sheard (Lab, Heckmondwike) said Kirklees was still planning to build the new facility following rumours in the town the scheme had been axed.

He said funding for the scheme was subject to Kirklees’s capital budget, announced in February.