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Former bus station in Taunton to re-open – for now

TAUNTON bus station could soon re-open after a new short-team lease was agreed.

First Group closed the Tower Street bus station on Tower Street in March last year due to the cost of repairing and maintaining the site.

Somerset West and Taunton Council then bought the plot for £1million and planned to use it as a temporary car park.

Cllr Marcus Kravis, Somerset West and Taunton’s portfolio holder for asset management and economic development, announced the re-opening at a full council meeting this week.

In a report, he said: “Design progress prior to seeking planning permission to convert the bus station to a car park has been delayed slightly to allow for further consideration of the infrastructure requirements of equipment and car park layout, including the potential for electric vehicle charging points.

“Detailed surveys of the bus station buildings are under way and preliminary discussions have been had with potential end users.

“We have negotiated the short-term lease renewal to First SW Ltd while redevelopment proposals are formalised.”

The site was one of several allocated for future housing development in the council’s Taunton 2040 Vision, with estimates that up to 28 homes could be built there.

Somerset County Council recently consulted on the prospect of reopening the bus station as part of its bus service improvement plan, which will be discussed in detail by councillors next Tuesday.

 

 

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