The brand-new Exeter Bus Station is to open on Sunday, July 25, it has been revealed.
City council bosses say the facility – featuring a striking glass-fronted building in the heart of the city centre – will be a ‘massive improvement’ for passengers.
They have vowed the fit-for-purpose, modern hub will promote green public transport in the city and rural communities for decades to come.
It will replace the current bus station which was constructed in the 1960s.
The new bus station will boast a glass-fronted covered waiting and boarding areas and high-quality facilities.
Exeter City Council leader Phil Bialyk said: “It is right next door to the new leisure centre, St Sidwell’s Point, which will open later this year, and I couldn’t be more pleased that we have been able to provide a brand-new facility worthy of our great city.
“This station looks fantastic and is a great new gateway to Exeter.
“The old bus station did a job for many years but is well past its sell-by date and to have a brand-new facility is fantastic news for Exeter and the whole region.”
The current station will close at midnight on Saturday, July 24, with the first bus out of the new hub departing at 4.25am on Sunday, July 25.
Stagecoach South West will operate the new facility.
Managing Director Mike Watson said: “It’s a great time to be welcoming more people back to buses as restrictions across the UK are lifted.
“We’ve made a significant investment in the latest technology to display clear departure information. We hope that our passengers will find traveling with us is even easier than before.”
Doug Lloyd, operations director at contractor Kier Regional Building Western and Wales, added: “We are delighted to have completed the new bus station in Exeter.
“The station is filled with natural light as a result of its glass front, the building is spacious and accessible and it has plenty of seating areas.
“We are proud to have worked with our local supply chain partners to deliver this important project which we hope will bring benefits to the Exeter community for years to come.”
The new station, built on the same site as the old hub, was funded by Exeter City Council and an £800,000 grant from the Local Enterprise Partnership’s (LEP) ‘Getting Building Fund’.