Renovated King's Lynn Bus Station reopens

The newly renovated King's Lynn Bus Station opened this morning
This afternoon timings fell into place to allow me an afternoon visit to the very sunny King's Lynn to take a look at their renovated bus station, which re-opened just a few hours prior to my arrival. As I did with the new Thetford Bus Station when it opened back in March, we'll take a look at the features and ins and out of the new facility.

First of all, cast your mind back to the old facility. an eight bay circle filled with buses in the centre. Each stop was given a small shelter, other than this there was little shelter from the elements. The toilets were running a bit worse for wear and the information office was somewhat outdated. 

The renovated bus station is quite the opposite, with six bays in a "saw tooth" layout sheltered by a large canopy. The modernised toilets and information office, which opened a month or so, are much more attractive than that of the previous offerings. I must point out that the information office still remains unmanned, and serves to house leaflets for almost all services operating into King's Lynn. Two additional bays accomodate town services operated by Stagecoach Norfolk. There are so many more places to sit whilst waiting for the bus, and not just the usual "perches" which are offered at bus shelters.

The view underneath the busy canopy at midday yesterday
Yesterday the canopy out right proved its purpose, sheltering passengers from the sweltering summer sun - and I'm sure it will not be taken for granted in the winter also! Take a look at the photo from the inside of the canopy yesterday to see just what I mean. Also note the large boards at each bay, which contains a list of destinations, which services go there and where to board them and a timetable for services from the respective stand. A live information board, identical to those previously used at Norwich Bus Station is also fitted.

Representatives from First and Stagecoach Norfolk are both on the scene helping out passengers to find their bus in the newly mapped out station. My only niggle with the new facility is the mistakes on the live information boards, however, this is soon to be fixed by the authorities. Overlooking this, however, the renovated bus station is an enormous improvement and from what I saw has really been taken well by passengers. 
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Norwich Buses Blog was founded in December 2013 by Sam Larke after he left another popular blog, Norwich Bus Page. Since it's launch, the site has grown dramatically, especially whilst written solely by Kieran Smith during 2015. The blog is now in it's third year and we look forward to more success and growth in the future. If you think you'd make a good writer for Norwich Buses Blog, please do get in touch via email: samuel.larke@gmail.com
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  1. Looks good Just really need all main bus stations to have the info screens and we'll we well away! (Beccles take note lol )

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    1. Thanks for your comment! It certainly is an improvement... It's down to Suffolk to give Beccles a revamp though, although they have done a decent job in Ipswich!

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