Mansfield's new bus station opens to public
A new £11m bus station has opened in the Nottinghamshire town of Mansfield.
The building has replaced the previous station on Rosemary Street and is expected to serve five million passengers each year.
Facilities at the enclosed glass terminal include free Wi-Fi, shops, an electronic timetable and CCTV cameras.
Gary Nolan from bus company Stagecoach East Midlands said it was a major boost for Mansfield and was a "fantastic facility".
Mansfield bus station
- The council expects the bus station to serve more passengers than East Midlands Airport
- Councillors said the project could attract investment of up to £60m and create 950 jobs
- The railway station is linked to the new bus station via an enclosed footbridge
- The station has 16 bays, controlled by automatic doors that only open when the bus has arrived
- A time capsule containing a snapshot of life in Mansfield has been buried under the station
"Compared with the old bus station, this is a step change," said Mr Nolan.
"[The new station] is near is the town centre and also means we can have all the services on one good site."
The government has contributed £7.2m to the scheme, with the remainder coming from the county and district councils.
The project survived a government review of transport plans in October 2010 which led to other schemes being delayed or deferred.
Activities including an Easter egg hunt and performances from live bands will take place throughout the day to mark the station's opening.