Statement from Exeter City Council leader Pete Edwards
The following statement was issued on Monday, September 25, by Exeter City Council leader Pete Edwards:
“The Crown Estate/TH Real Estate have informed us they are no longer able to proceed with their plans for the redevelopment of the city centre site. They cited market conditions when we visited them in person on Friday.
“In addition, negotiations over the tender for our scheme have proved difficult - with a risk that costs could escalate further. This is unacceptable to us. Therefore I intend to ask the council to retender with a view to addressing design implications imposed by The Crown Estate/TH Real Estate's withdrawal.
“This is likely to have an impact on the timeline by around a year - potentially opening now in 2020.
“Our resolve and ambition, to create a strong city centre, remains.
“I am calling a special council meeting to discuss the way forward with colleagues to reaffirm our commitment to a new bus station and leisure centre where we intended it to be. Now more than ever, I am determined the bus station and new flagship leisure facilities will take place. The bus station will close as expected.
“We however need to take a short pause to reflect on these events - and also to work through potential options to bring the whole site to completion.
“I would like to thank you for all your support so far and anticipated support in the coming months as we continue to do everything in our gift to deliver a project the city deserves.”
Bus station closure remain on track
Exeter Bus Station will close at the end of October to allow for a major redevelopment of the site.
Exeter City Council has announced that the 50-year-old facility will close after the last bus has left the station on Saturday, October 28.
While the new bus station is being built, temporary measures will be in place to enable services to continue operating smoothly.
From Sunday, October 29, passengers will be picked up and dropped off at dedicated bus stands in the city centre.
This map shows where the temporary stands will be located:
A new Exeter Bus Station will open in the winter of 2019, at the same time as Exeter’s new state-of-the-art new leisure centre St Sidwell’s Point. Both developments are being funded by the City Council.
The temporary stands will only be for passengers who currently use Exeter Bus Station. They will have weather protection and information for passengers.
City services will be largely unaffected by the closure of the bus station.
Temporary stands will be used in Sidwell Street, Paris Street and Cheeke Street. Three stands for National Express and Megabus coaches will also be based in Sidwell Street.
Passengers can access toilet facilities at Shopmobility in Paris Street and the St Sidwell’s Centre in Sidwell Street.
Information will be displayed on each of the temporary stands explaining which services will use them.
It will be displayed at the Stagecoach Travel Shop at the bus station, where staff can help. This facility will also remain open to the public after the main station closes.
For more information about the changes call Exeter City Council on 01392 265880.