New bus stop and car park details revealed

Bure Place bus stand area,Bicester.'120118M-C644

Bure Place bus stand area,Bicester.'120118M-C644

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DETAILS of Bicester town centre’s new car parking and bus stop arrangements have been revealed ahead of the start of major redevelopment work on January 30.

The Crown and Crown Walk car parks in Manorsfield Road will close permanently at midnight on January 29.

During construction work, 171 short-stay spaces will be available in Claremont car park and 278 long-stay spaces will be available in the Cattle Market car park.

Shoppers will also be able to use short-stay bays in Franklins Yard, Market Square, Victoria Road, and Chapel Brook.

Blue badge holders can still use the on-street disabled parking in Bell Lane, or designated disabled bays in all the town centre car parks excluding Franklins Yard.

The replacement town centre car park, which will be built over a new Sainsbury’s supermarket and cinema in Manorsfield Road, will have 500 spaces.

A new bus interchange will also have been created in Manorsfield Road by the time redevelopment work finishes in the summer next year.

The existing bus stops in Bure Place will close after the last bus service on Sunday, January 29.

Temporary replacement bus stops will be set up in Market Square for all services currently operating out of Bure Place, with the exception of the X5 service to Cambridge which will stop in North Street.

Services will operate from three new Market Square bus stops from Monday, January 30.

Buses using Stop A outside Bicester Beds will be the S5 and the X5 to Oxford, as well as the S5 to Launton, Langford Village and Ambrosden.

Stop B outside the new Wilkinson store will accommodate the 22/23 to Langford Village, the 30, 94, 118 and T1A.

Stop C outside Wadley’s will host the 8, 18, 21, 22/23 to Caversfield, 25/25A, 37, and 81/81A/X81 services.

Highlights of the redevelopment include a seven-screen digital Apollo cinema, a large Sainsbury’s supermarket and public spaces with artworks.

New shops, restaurants and cafes will also be created.