Beeston’s new bus and tram interchange opened to buses on Sunday. The new interchange is an on-street transport hub with two tram stops and six bus bays and has been developed over the last decade in consultation with local bus operators and modelled on Strasbourg’s bus and tram interchange.
It features high-quality glass shelters, real-time information, journey planning information and electronic ticket machines to purchase Kangaroo integrated transport tickets and tram tickets.
Situated on Styring Street in Beeston, it is in the heart of the town, next to the redeveloped Square shopping precinct and a two-minute walk from High Road.
Buses have started operating from the interchange, with the tram currently utilising it for testing and public services due to start operating shortly.
Buses using the new facility include the Trent Barton Indigo and 18, the Yourbus Y5, Y36, NCT 36, L10 and L11 and the NottsBus Connect 510.
Yourbus has also started operating a Beeston Shopper service, connecting residents on Bramcote Lane, Park Street and Wollaton Road with the Interchange.
“The new interchange will be a fantastic new facility for Beeston,” said councillor Kevin Greaves, chairman of the County Council’s transport and highways committee.
“It will make it easy for passengers to swap between buses and trams, giving people more public transport options than ever before.”
Nottingham City Council’s Jane Urquhart added: “We’re delighted that Beeston is benefiting from a brand new state-of-the-art facility for public transport users, which has been made possible through the NET project.
“The interchange will be a fantastic facility for bus users and it will be even better when tram services open for the public.
“When the tram starts running through Beeston shortly, this modern, efficient interchange will make it easy for people to swap between buses, trams and even taxis.
“Trams will run every seven and a half minutes throughout most of the day, meaning passengers can quickly get to the QMC, the city centre and beyond.”
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