South Norfolk councillors are considering relocating the main bus station in Diss in the hope that it could solve the safety concerns and practicality issues brought about by the placement of the current site.
The plans, which are still in very early discussion stages, would see the station move from the site in Park Road to the nearby district council-owned car park in Mere Park, which statistics reportedly indicate is only filled to less than half of its total parking capacity for large portions of the year.
It is suggested that after the relocation, the old station site could then be converted into public car parking spaces.
Diss councillor Tony Palmer said that the idea of introducing a larger bus station had been well received by members of the public and added that it could reduce dangers caused by a large number of people walking across Park Road from the bus stop at the same time.
He said: “I have had a lot of people stop me and say they are in favour of it. There’s the advantage that it’s much easier to get into the town centre from there.
“At the current site, you can just imagine when a bus arrives and a lot of people tend to get off at Diss and cross the road at once, which can be quite dangerous.
“This is a possible option which would stop so many people crossing the road at one time.”
He also stated that the bigger Mere Park site would make it easier to accommodate the number of buses that operate out of Diss.
“One of the reasons we are looking at it (the new site) is that the current option is very overcrowded and is not really suitable for so many buses to manoeuvre in.”
This is the second site to be considered for the relocation, after the council learned that it would not be able to acquire land adjacent to the Mere Park car park.
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