Town's bus interchange enjoys £125,000 make-over to provide more modern and welcoming facilities
AN overhaul of Long Eaton's main bus interchange has been unveiled.
The £125,000 upgrade at The Green, in Nottingham Road, was carried out by Derbyshire County Council and Erewash Borough Council.
The work has provided more modern and welcoming facilities, including new bus stops outside the Wilkinson store on one side of the road and Asda on the opposite side.
Improvements include new shelters with an open front to improve visibility and new design seating and lighting; additional benches close to the shelters; new disabled-friendly boarding kerbs; extra litter bins and resurfacing work to surrounding areas, including links to Waverley Street and the Market Place. The work follows a consultation exercise in which Erewash Borough Council asked residents what improvements they would like to see.
Councillor Simon Spencer, Derbyshire County Council's cabinet member for highways and transport, said it was money well spent.
He said: "This is a good example of partnership working which will make a real difference to bus users in Long Eaton.
"We're committed to promoting sustainable transport so this project will make using public transport more comfortable."
Councillor Geoffrey Smith, Erewash Borough Council's lead member for regeneration and planning, said the money was spent at the request of taxpayers and that he expected more people to use buses as a result.
He said: "It was important to talk to local people before the work started to find out what improvements they wanted to see.
"The many useful and positive ideas they put forward have been used in the finished design.
"We are confident the new-look shelters will make the experience of using public transport in Long Eaton a better one and will hopefully encourage more people to use the bus."