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Boston Bus Station to get mini makeover

Boston Bus Station shelters are being taken out because they're dirty, in a poor state and attract anti-social behaviour

Boston Bus Station shelters are being taken out because they're dirty, in a poor state and attract anti-social behaviour

The bus station in Boston will be getting a mini makeover after councillors agreed to foot the bill for improvements.

Members of Boston Borough Council’s cabinet met on Wednesday and agreed to go ahead with a revamp, which is expected to cost £20,852.

The work will see all eight current shelters ripped out and replaced by two new ones – one at each end of the bus station – with a pedestrian walkway linking the two.

Level access will be provided - alongside new noticeboards for passengers and improved ‘Welcome to Boston’ signs.

Coun Richmond said the current facility is in a poor state of repair and tends to become a magnet for anti-social behaviour.

He added that the cost of refurbishing the existing shelters was ‘prohibitive’.

The new shelters should be similar to those outside Boots.

Coun Richmond said the work will boost a facility at the ‘heart of the town’ at a ‘modest’ cost.

Coun Gilbert added: “This is not before time.”

Boston Disability Forum was consulted about the work.

It asked for benches to be installed and although the council says it cannot afford these it will look to work with the forum to see if it can obtain sponsorship to pay for them.

Talks will also be sought between the council, forum and bus firms to look at any issues disabled users may have.

Bus companies will also be urged not to leave their vehicles parked at the station all day, as has been the case on occasions recently.

 

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