King’s Lynn Transport Interchange

INTRODUCTION

This post deals with the redevelopment of my local bus station, a process which began in January, and has finally reached the stage at which all bus services will once again be departing from the bus station. You could therefore say that this is a celebration of the ending of one cause of disruptions.

THE NEW BUS STATION

APPROACHES TO KING’S LYNN

King’s Lynn is a splendid town, badly let down by the ways in which people approach it. Neither the bus station nor the train station drop people in particularly good locations, and the main approach by car, via London Road is not beautiful either. However, after almost six months of work and attendant disruption to services, at least the bus station now looks presentable. I will end this section with a link to a previous post about King’s Lynn and both sides of a new promotional document for the town…

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THE REDEVELOPMENT

Work started on the redevelopment on January 6th, but the big disruptions did not hit until March, when services heading south started departing from Portland Street and northbound buses made use of the only three stands still available at the bus station. In the week beginning on May 18th all was confusion (we had been warned about the following week), as northbound buses started making use of two of the new stands, which were ready for use but no one had thought to advertise this! The following week was the one week in which northbound buses did not depart from the bus station – they made use of Clough (pronounced Clow not Cluff) Lane instead.

Then it was back to the bus station for good, and eventually an announcement appeared stating that all services would resume running from the redeveloped bus station from June 29th (today). I thought to myself “I’ll believe that when I see it” but decided I would call in at the bus station just in case it did happen, and it had.

THE BUS STATION TODAY

I took various photographs to show what the bus station now looks like, including threeKing’s Lynn Transport Interchange¬†from the car park above Sainsbury’s (the most elevation I could gain). I hope that you enjoy these photos, which will conclude the post, and that you will be inspired to share…

This departure board was the first novelty that greeted me.
This departure board was the first novelty that greeted me.
The new guard fences at the new bays - interleaved pictures of the Custom House and Captain vancouver)
The new guard fences at the new bays – interleaved pictures of the Custom House and Captain vancouver)

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The board at stand D (I could not get a clear shot of the one at stand E which I shall actually be using).
The board at stand D (I could not get a clear shot of the one at stand E which I shall actually be using).
The first of two shots of the frontage of the new Visitor's Centre
The first of two shots of the frontage of the new Visitor’s Centre

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A historical information board.
A historical information board.
A thoroughly modern map of King's Lynn
A thoroughly modern map of King’s Lynn
A circular bench.
A circular bench.

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Stand E, whence Fakenham buses will depart.
Stand E, whence Fakenham buses will depart.
The first of three shots from such elevation as I could gain.
The first of three shots from such elevation as I could gain.

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A touch-screen information point
A touch-screen information point

Winter Sun and the Lower Purfleet Freezes Over.

We are in a post Christmas cold snap. There has been nothing yet to approach the icebergs on the Great Ouse of half a century ago, but at 11:30AM today under a bright sun the lower Purfleet was frozen. Birds of various species have been enjoying the conditions in spite of the cold. “Cormorant Platform” where the Nar joins the Ouse had no fewer than nine visitors today.

I have two days worth of pics to share with you (got some good ones yesterday too)…

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Gulls and terns walking on water!
Gulls and terns walking on water!

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This is the first of today's images.
This is the first of today’s images.
The next two images show the improvements happening at Hillington Square.
The next two images show the improvements happening at Hillington Square.

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Now we have some cormorant images.
Now we have some cormorant images.

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Behold - the lower Purfleet frozen!
Behold – the lower Purfleet frozen!