Safety works completed at Horsefair bus station

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Essential improvement works have been completed at the Horsefair bus station in Wisbech to make it safe for everyone using it.

The works undertaken for Fenland District Council at the town’s busy public transport hub were finished last week [December 6], in time for the busy Christmas shopping period.

A new, purpose-built taxi rank has been constructed on land next to the bus station, providing for the first time a dedicated drop-off bay for taxi passengers arriving at the Horsefair. A much-improved pedestrian crossing has also been installed, along with new street lighting, signage and a shopping trolley drop-off point.

Meanwhile, a new code of conduct has been introduced for all service providers, including buses, taxis, delivery vehicles and local businesses. And an amended Traffic Regulation Order is being implemented to govern the use of the bus station and taxi rank and enable the removal of unauthorised vehicles.

Councillor Kit Owen, FDC’s portfolio holder responsible for transport, said: “These measures will make the bus station much safer and more efficient all round. We remind everyone that only authorised vehicles are permitted to enter the bus station and taxi rank and that these areas should not be used by anyone else to drop off passengers visiting the town centre or to access public transport.”

Kevin Smith, manager of the Horsefair Shopping Centre, welcomed the new taxi rank. He said: “It’s great to see this new scheme completed as it provides the community with a much safer environment, especially with the installation of the new street lighting and a zebra crossing.”

The scheme has been delivered in partnership with Cambridgeshire County Council.