Developers say new Friarsgate bus station will improve pedestrian access

Developers have promised that the new Friarsgate development will improve pedestrian access to Lichfield’s new bus station.

The current bus station in Lichfield city centre. Pic: Elliott Brown

The current bus station in Lichfield city centre. Pic: Elliott Brown

The current site will be replaced as part of the city centre regeneration project if plans are approved by councillors.

Developers say the city’s existing pedestrian access routes will complement the new layout.

A planning report says: “There is a network of wide, well-lit footways around the site which would encourage pedestrian movements.

“Lichfield’s centre has been designed to give priority to pedestrian movements. This has been achieved through a combination of ‘no entry’ for vehicles, one way streets and shared surface roads.

“As part of the development proposals, the layout of Lichfield bus station will be improved, primarily with the purpose of improving pedestrian accessibility to and from the site.”

The new plans show access to the bus station from St John Street, Birmingham Road and Frog Lane.

Vehicles will also use a new route through the station.

“In order to overcome the issues surrounding the existing bus station layout, an alternative has been prepared,” the report says.

“The proposed layout includes nine bus parking bays. Benches and shelters are also in the new layout.

“The proposed arrangements involve buses entering the station from Birmingham Road and parking in a bay in forward gear. Passengers could then board or alight the bus and exit the parking area without the need to cross any traffic routes where conflict could occur.

“Buses would then reverse out of the parking bays, manoeuvring within the bus station, and then leave
the station via an exit onto Birmingham Road.

“These movements would be controlled by a traffic signal management system, indicating to bus drivers when it is safe for them to depart.”

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  1. Thornton

    14th December, 2015 at 5:43 pm

    Sounds good. If anyone wants any ideas of how NOT to build a bus station just take a look at Walsall’s. The other proposals for Walsall which were turned down were incredible yet they chose to add a concrete roof in a town filled with concrete buildings and have totally destroyed its original design buy painting over the bare concrete in brand colours. Great idea. On the positive side this can help others to learn from their mistakes.

    I think the best thing you can include in a bus station is trees. Less structure and more trees.

  2. Les

    15th December, 2015 at 12:29 pm

    Never mind a new bus station – let us have some new replacement Arriva bus drivers who are capable of being more friendly and helpful towards their passengers!

  3. Thornton

    15th December, 2015 at 8:14 pm

    I disagree with that, the Arriva bus drivers I used to see everyday were very friendly. If you really want to see miserable bus drivers take a Travel West Midlands bus some time. That can’t be said for all drivers mind.

    Arriva is a great company with great customer service. I don’t know how much this affects the individual drivers on individual routes but being owned by Deutsche Bahn and in essence the German Government, it must contribute something to their work ethic.