Mansfield bus station project gets approval

Bus station plan
Image caption The project survived a national review of funding for transport schemes

An £11.6m transport interchange scheme for a Nottinghamshire town has secured final approval.

The government has confirmed funding for Mansfield bus station, but with its contribution cut from £7.6m to £7.2m.

The shortfall will be made up by the county and district councils, which estimate the development will bring £60m of investment.

Preparations should start next month, with construction beginning next year and the station opening by early 2013.

The scheme involves moving the bus station from its current site on Rosemary Street to the Station Road car park, near the railway station.

Councillor Richard Jackson, county council cabinet member for transport and highways, said: "The relocation of the bus station is the key to unlocking major development plans for Mansfield town centre when the site of the current bus station becomes free.

"This will, potentially, bring in investment of up to £60m and create 950 jobs."

The project survived a government review of transport projects in October 2010 which led to other schemes, like the A453 widening and A38 Derby junction, being delayed or deferred.

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