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Council Outlines Improvements for Kingsbridge

South Hams District Council has outlined improvements worth in excess of £600,000 for Kingsbridge's Quay Wall and Bus Station during 2018

Plans for repair to a 50m stretch of the damaged Quay Wall are underway with the tender due to be issued in February by the Council. Once the successful contractor has been agreed towards the end of March, work is due to start on site in September. The start date has been delayed to make sure that parking for residents and visitors is unaffected during the busy summer months and that events planned within the car park can proceed. These plans will also provide the council with the best opportunity to work with the successful contractor to minimise disruption and to get the best value for money possible.

When work does commence, it is thought that parking for around 10-12 spaces will temporarily be affected and disabled spaces will be moved for a short time to allow for safe working near the area of the wall for repair.

Cllr John Tucker, Leader of South Hams District Council, said: "I am really pleased with the improvements we have planned for Kingsbridge town. We are out for tender at the moment and we are eager to get started on the repair work to the quay wall. We have been carrying out investigations in order to make sure that the correct repair works are identified, prior to work being carried out."

The bus station is another area of the town to benefit from District Council improvements. To help residents and visitors access transport more easily, new and improved disabled access will be provided around the area. Works involve improvements to the bus passenger waiting facilities, with clearer information on bus routes and improvements to the access to bus services by the mobility-impaired.

The current situation means that pedestrians have to walk over to services through the bus manoeuvring area with no dedicated facility for them to wait outside of this area. This is of particular concern to those with mobility impairments and in particular wheelchair users.

Works include removal of all three of the islands and installation of one wider island that would have a bus stop, with ramped access and coloured surfacing to the main bus station area to the west. As part of the proposals, a bus shelter would also be installed along the southern kerb and bus sthe top post.

Detailed drawings are now being sent for pricing and a works programme is being finalised. It is hoped that the works will start in February and are likely to take approximately one month to complete. Disruption to passengers will be kept to a minimum while these works are being carried out, and the council are working closely with the bus operators to make sure a smooth service is maintained.

Cllr John Tucker, continues: "The improvements to the bus station will make a huge difference to those with mobility impairments. It will be much easier for people to get around using mobility aids with safe and easy movement around the station area through the use of the ramps and the other improvements. I'm really thrilled with how much this will help our community better access public transport."

Further information will be given on public information boards which will be in place in the coming weeks.