Support for a transport hub

PUBLISHED: 02:01 28 July 2008 | UPDATED: 09:23 10 June 2010

What a coincidence that the anonymous (name and address withheld) letter appeared in the same issue as the piece about Public transport hub hope (Journal, July 17), raising the need for an interchange bringing together all forms of transport centred on

What a coincidence that the anonymous (name and address withheld) letter appeared in the same issue as the piece about 'Public transport hub hope' (Journal, July 17), raising the need for an interchange bringing together all forms of transport centred on the train and bus station, which I fully support.But two years have passed since this old chestnut was last aired in the press, when, following an incident with a pensioner, (reported in the Journal of June 22, 2006), another letter in the following week's Journal highlighted the poor taxi and bus facilities, while later that year, the former Town Manager Mr Dave Kerr also expressed the view that the town's gateway was a disappointment.Stagecoach's customer service manager had stated that taxis could not wait inside the bus station due to health and safety rules, and so customers still have to walk either round to the back exit of the bus depot, or a longer inconvenient walk through to the town centre.Bus users are also inconvenienced by having an extra long walk round two sides of the fenced-off square to reach the 95 ,97, 98, 99 services located in the farthest corner of the bus station, instead of being spaced more conveniently nearer the railway station steps, where the other bus stop is situated. Such user-improvements were not progressed due to the site being subject to a planning application for 'change of use'...And so the matter drifts on. Will the powers-that-be really get together to create a well-designed link for all transport users, I wonder?Will there be sufficient space for buses, taxis and private cars picking up and dropping off? And how about parking provision for train passengers and also for customers of the supermarket, sports centre, visitor centre or library? And don't overlook the need for commercial delivery vehicles' parking and turning space - all adjacent to a picturesque estuary site, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and a site of Special Scientific and Scenic Interest. Positive support for a versatile interchange is to be welcomed, and perhaps the many interested groups now putting their names on this subject (as listed at the end of last week's report) will eventually achieve success (with or without a large supermarket).Stephen Derek, (via email).

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