Today, the newly refurbished Rotherham Interchange has reopened following extensive improvements works at the town centre bus station. This £12million refurbishment has taken place over the last 10 months and from today bus services and passengers will now come into the improved Interchange once again.
These works have included new seating, improved lighting, better information displays, CCTV and free public wi-fi for passengers as well. In the coming weeks, even further improvements will be completed with Platform C and the car park reopening in Spring 2019. The car park will see new resurfacing, bigger parking bays and 10 new electric vehicle parking points.
Cllr Chris Read, Labour Leader of Rotherham Council, took part in a visit at the Interchange earlier this week to see a sneak preview of the refurbishment and has said:
“This facility is one of the major gateways into the town. It will enhance where we live, and benefit people arriving into the town centre via public transport. The refurbishment of the interchange follows the opening of the University Centre last summer. Both projects are major components of the town centre Masterplan, along with promoting sustainable travel, so it’s great to see the Masterplan progressing as planned.”
The refurbishment of Rotherham Interchange is one of the key projects in the wider plans to regenerate the town centre and improving pubic transport. It also follows the recent launching of the new Tram-Train service connecting Parkgate, Rotherham town centre and Sheffield city centre. All together, these projects will improve public transport and allow residents to enjoy greater connectivity across our area.
The reopening of the Interchange also means that the temporary bus station on Forge Island will close. This will allow the major regeneration works planned for the Forge Island site, as part of the Town Centre Masterplan, to now move forward as well.