Operator sought for new Exeter Bus Station

Firms invited to express interest in overseeing repairs and maintenance at multi-million-pound city centre facility due to open in 2021

A tendering process to secure an operator for the new Exeter Bus Station is set to be launched.

Four firms have previously expressed an interest in taking charge of repairs and maintenance at the multi-million-pound facility, according to the city council.

Potential operators will be invited to submit expressions of interest in June. Tenders will be evaluated between July and August. An agreement for the lease is expected to be issued in September.

The new Exeter Bus Station is due to open in 2021. It will include covered waiting and boarding areas and high-quality facilities, replacing the current station which was opened in 1964.

New station and leisure complex

The new station will be built alongside St Sidwell’s Point, the city’s new Passivhaus leisure centre. The complex will feature a state-of-the art swimming pool, gym, spa, café and children’s soft play area.

Both developments are being funded by Exeter City Council.

An artist's impression of St Sidwell's Point which is being built in the city centre alongside a new Exeter Bus Station.

An artist’s impression of St Sidwell’s Point which is being built in the city centre alongside a new Exeter Bus Station.

Work on the site started in January this year and will take around two years to complete.

The current bus station, operated by Stagecoach, will remain open throughout the period of redevelopment.

A meeting of the Leisure Complex and Bus Station Programme Board was told that four potential operators had previously expressed an interest in operating the new bus station.

An artist's impression of the new Exeter Bus Station. Picture from Exeter City Council.

An artist’s impression of the new Exeter Bus Station. Picture from Exeter City Council.

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