VIDEO: Site designated for Worksop’s new bus station

Worksop’s long-awaited new bus station has been delayed by nearly a year due to wranglings in the planning process, the Guardian can reveal.

Building the £3.2 million interchange was initially due to start this autumn, with construction taking around nine months and the facility open to passengers in summer 2014.

Site of new bus station, Watson Road, Worksop

Site of new bus station, Watson Road, Worksop

But Notts County Council now says work will not begin until next summer, with the aim of opening it in spring 2015.

“The county council’s engineers have been busy carrying out additional surveys, discussing the scheme with affected neighbours and updating the plans following the consultation exercise earlier this year,” said project manager Paul Horn from Notts County Council.

“Discussions have also been ongoing with Bassetlaw Council to finalise the remaining land ownership issues and the agreements over future running costs.”

Designs for the futuristic-looking station, which takes inspiration from Retford’s popular new interchange, were revealed back in February.

It will be situated at the junction of Newcastle Street and Watson Road, just a few hundred metres from the current Hardy Street depot, and will have eight bus bays.

It is proposed that part of Queen Street public car park, owned by Bassetlaw Council, will be used by the station. But details are still being finalised between the two authorities.

The old Worksop Business Venture Centre, numbers 30 - 34 Watson Road, the former Worksop Flowers site, and several prominent advertising billboards on the corner will all be demolished to make way for the scheme.