The city-centre project will bring together a new bus station combined with a revitalised transportation concourse, a new pedestrian footbridge and a multi-storey car park to facilitate a major city-centre redevelopment which will also include in its first phase, a £12 million Cornhill Quarter redevelopment.
This scheme involves the Grade Two listed Corn Exchange building being redeveloped using glazing to create large glass-fronted shop units capable of attracting in large retailers, and new shop spaces created within buildings on Sincil Street.
The transport hub project is expected to be delivered in four phases:
- Phase 1: A new fit-for-purpose footbridge linking St Mary's Street and Tentercroft Street.
- Phase 2: A new bus station adjacent to the existing train station, replacing the current site which is no longer fit for purpose. The train station concourse will also be revamped to create a more welcoming space for bus parking and train customers.
- Phase 3: Concourse works to the train station providing improved pathways for pedestrian links.
- Phase 4: A new city centre multi-storey car park and station car park.
Molly McKenzie ICE East Midlands regional Director said, "Infrastructure is vital to society and our quality of life depends on it functioning effectively. The greatest benefits are derived when transport systems are interconnected and so it is great to see projects such as the Lincoln transport hub being given approval."
The project will be delivered on the existing railway station car park adjacent to the train station, the spaces from which will be provided as a replacement within the proposed multi-storey car park on the opposite side of the railway. The existing bus station will be demolished and the area will be freed up for the realignment of future retail, employment and housing development.
The project will unlock development of the wider retail areas of the city such as the Lindongate development, offering new retail, office and residential accommodation.
The project is being promoted by the Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership (GLLEP), the Department for Transport, Lincolnshire Co-op and Network Rail, working with East Midlands Trains and Lincolnshire County Council.