Bus Station Rebuild Begins

Works to make way for the complete rebuild of Harlow’s bus station and the transformation of Terminus Street in Harlow town centre are now underway.

Demolition work by Morgan Sindall has now started to enable delivery of the multi-million-pound regeneration of Harlow Bus Station, creating a first-class Sustainable Transport Hub alongside improvements to Terminus Street.

The new Hub will be the central point for Harlow & Gilston Garden Town’s new public travel routes, known as a Sustainable Transport Corridor network that will prioritise walking, cycling and rapid bus transit.

The first route, connecting the town centre to Burnt Mill roundabout before eventually extending to Gilston in the future, is already under construction.

Funded by £23.7m from Government, Harlow Council’s town centre regeneration scheme will see the existing bus station replaced with a new bright and welcoming Transport Hub, providing public transport for the area’s residents, visitors and employees.

Work has started with the demolition of the existing bus station information point and toilets.

To cause as least disruption as possible to bus users the demolition of the footbridge will take place over the May Bank Holiday (25 to 27 May).

To help with its safe removal and undertake the works as quick as possible the bus station will need to close from 7pm on Saturday 25 May 2024, reopening at 7am on Tuesday 28 May 2024.

The following will be in place:

Bus services will continue to operate as per the timetable, with temporary stands provided in Crown Gate and South Gate. Full details of services and temporary bus stands will be available as soon as possible. Crown Gate and South Gate will have temporary traffic restrictions in place, restricting access to buses, Essex Police and service access.

Terminus Street will also have traffic, pedestrian and cycle restrictions in place, with no north-south access provided; pedestrians will need to use Broad Walk as a means of accessing between north and south of Terminus Street. Businesses included Mecca bingo and Tenpin continue to operate as normal throughout the works.

Leader of Harlow Council, Councillor Dan Swords, who was on site to mark the start of the works, said: “We are getting on with the job of delivering our mission to rebuild our town with the transformation of Harlow’s bus station and Terminus Street.

“The area will be transformed into a state-of-the-art Sustainable Transport Hub and Interchange to help put the heart back into Harlow’s town centre.

“It will make a huge difference to this side of the town centre and will complement our improvements to Broad Walk and our plans for Market Square.

“There will be some disruption to bus users during the demolition and construction works but we will be working closely with the contractors to keep disruption to a minimal, ensuring that regular updates are issued for bus users and signs are kept updated.”

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