Bishop's Goods Yard: Solum to begin building bus lane across Bishop's Stortford railway station site
A permanent taxi rank will be restored outside Bishop’s Stortford railway station on Monday (January 20) in preparation for construction of a new bus link across the brownfield site, linking London Road with Station Road and Dane Street.
Train passengers have faced a labyrinth-like walk while the first phase of building – including a multi-storey car park – has taken place at Solum's Bishop's Goods Yard development.
However, the developer’s latest bulletin says: “As part of the next phase of redevelopment of the Goods Yard site, taxis will be permanently relocated to the rank outside the front of Bishop’s Stortford station on January 20 as part of ongoing essential construction work.
“Once the taxi rank has been relocated, work on the link road will be able to begin and is expected to be completed by autumn 2021. Disturbances will be kept to a minimum whilst this transfer takes place.
“In the rare cases that trains are delayed or cancelled, rail replacement buses will use the taxi rank. In these circumstances, taxis will be redirected to a predetermined area in the station car park.
“We will ensure that relevant signage is placed across Bishop’s Stortford station to inform commuters and taxi drivers about the taxi rank relocation.”
The new road will be restricted to use by buses and taxis as part of conditions imposed by Herts County Council to promote sustainable transport.
A spokesman also told the Indie: “The multi-storey car park has now been built, however the fit-out is ongoing. We expect the car park to be open in the first half of this year.”
In all, the £200m project by Solum – a joint venture between Network Rail and Keir – will deliver 586 new homes, plus an 85-bed Premier Inn hotel, a 55-bed care home, shops and offices. It will also provide a new station square and transport interchange, and two multi-storey car parks.