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Revitalising Harlow: Removal of East Walk-Terminus House Bridge marks beginning of Sustainable Transport Hub Development

News / Thu 4th Apr 2024 at 07:52am

CARIDON Property, in collaboration with Harlow Council and Morgan Sindall, is thrilled to announce the imminent commencement of work on the highly anticipated regeneration project in Harlow’s town centre.

Scheduled to begin in April 2024, this phase marks a pivotal moment in the multi-million-pound regeneration of Harlow Bus Station to create a first-class Sustainable Transport Hub and revitalise Terminus Street.

From April 5th, the closure of the bus station toilets and the Terminus House bridge (connecting East Walk and Terminus House) is necessary to facilitate the demolition of these existing structures, marking the beginning of a transformative phase. This essential step lays the groundwork for an 18-month construction program, during which detailed information on the timeline of works and the provision of a temporary bus station will be made available shortly.

To ensure continued accessibility, visitors and tenants can access Terminus House, its car park, and Mecca bingo via the north and south entrances of Terminus Street. While central access through the bus interchange will no longer be available, additional accessible and disabled bays will be provided on the ground floor of Terminus House. Although the Changing Places toilet will be temporarily closed, visitors can utilise the brand-new changing places facilities within the Harvey Centre.

In addition to the bridge removal, Caridon Property is investing in further aesthetic enhancements to complement the redevelopment of the bus station and Terminus Street. These improvements include upgrades to the bin store area and landscaping around the building, creating a more inviting rear access to Terminus House and its car park.

“We are excited to be part of this transformative regeneration project,” said a spokesperson from Caridon Property. “This initiative exemplifies Harlow Council’s dedication to fostering vibrant, inclusive, and sustainable communities. By prioritising safety and aesthetics, we aim to enhance the overall experience for residents and visitors alike.”

This first essential phase, funded by the Government’s £23.7m Towns Fund program, signifies the beginning of a journey towards creating a modern and welcoming space for residents, visitors, and employees alike. The Sustainable Transport Hub and Interchange will not only cater to the immediate transportation needs of the community but will also seamlessly connect with the Harlow and Gilston Garden Town sustainable transport corridor.

Further updates and information are available at the Discover Harlow hub every Thursday from 10:30 am to 2:00 pm or by emailing the Regeneration team at [email protected].

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21 Comments for Revitalising Harlow: Removal of East Walk-Terminus House Bridge marks beginning of Sustainable Transport Hub Development:

David Forman
2024-04-04 08:25:40

We see a lot of "imminent" news stories in relation to construction. Please let me know when the concrete trucks arrive on site. It is interesting to realise that the old Lister House site has now stopped progressing. All that happened was some demolition, like so many other sites in Harlow

Kim Oconnor
2024-04-04 08:43:04

Plenty of knocking down, nothing actually going up.. it will all get knocked down, then probably see pretty boards going up, telling us it's Harlow. 😄 🤣 😂

Guy Flegman
2024-04-04 08:45:35

Totally agree. I am seeing lots of demolition then not much construction. Could it be that funding is made available at the start of a project rather than at the end.

Nostradamus
2024-04-04 09:23:41

So we, the public get a new bin store, years of disruption, an aesthetic improvement (they just think it looks good, no practical use) and the demolition of a very useful bridge walkway that allows anyone to cross the bus station safely by foot or bicycle( walking at ground level is a high risk operation). The Tory party don't have a clue as evidenced by looking at the drawings and plans of the ugly monstrousities, over high density residential units and cluster of high rise wind generators they are allowing their property developer friends to build and make money. The whole town centre development was an opportunity to go back to the drawing board and to avoid the cheap brutalist architecture that the shortage of materials after ww2 forced. The legacy of the Tory government and party when they are ejected from office will be a town centre that'll look like a collection of bomb sites and develop into a congested slum. Cllrs should look at Germany where ironically they are restoring architecture that has the character of the regions that existed before ww2. Towns are transformed into places that are aesthetically brilliant and people friendly. Harlow town centre meanwhile is an will continue to be somewhere that'll be congested and not a place to linger. The final blow will be when PAH is moved to an isolated site out of Harlow into Epping. Labour are also culpable: vote both parties out they have badly let us residents down .

Gary Scott
2024-04-04 11:17:51

Another new bus terminal, well that's a great idea, we need that,( sarcasm), when can we have our payments fixed, more doctors surgeries , more care for our schools and elderly and disabled, all the councillors and parliamentary candidates need too go, stop vanity projects ,vote for something new, and we take back control, time to get out these charlotans out, all the main parties are self serving, let's stop them and tell them what we want

Gary Scott
2024-04-04 11:18:46

Pavements

Rob
2024-04-04 11:25:57

Interesting the regeneration of terminus street and creation of a sustainable transport hub image shows 3 cyclists using what I believe to be a narrow cycle lane….when the council removed the numerous cycle racks we used for shopping in the town centre and eventually replaced them with fewer and in more remote locations I queried it and was told locations were chosen to stop cycling in the town centre…that didn’t work it just inconvenienced or stopped us cyclist who did use the racks / respected the space they provided remote low footfall racks where vandalism / stealing of bikes can take place…if you want sustainable transport put racks where they can be used properly.

Martin
2024-04-04 12:05:46

Knocking down the bus station to build a bus station. Or rather "sustainable transport hub" which is a bus station with a bike rack. You can bet your life savings the company who gets the contract is connected to whoever on the council approved this very expensive waste of time.

Derek Clark
2024-04-04 13:35:56

There's going to be a of muggs on here when the works start and building appear out of the ground, these people know nothing about how the money for these projects is granted and how the construction process works, the only thing they do knows is how to winge like the inconsiderate people thay are.. Just remember Labour have done nothing with this town for years and years, thay never had any idea what so ever, at least it's starting to happen now under the control of the Conservatives.

MS LISA S CAIRNS
2024-04-04 14:10:36

We saw some workmen today. They seemed to putting up some kind of fencing maybe? I hope that Harlow Town gets a really good regeneration. It truly deserves it. We don't live there, but Harlow is our nearest town. We do enjoy the shops, cinema etc. We were watching a YouTube video about Harlow in the 60's and 70's. It showed the people, markets, jobs and homes a plenty. What happened? It was thriving (by the look of it). It truly has so much to offer, yet has been left to rot and descend into a rapid decline. Please get it thriving once again.

Paul
2024-04-04 14:42:38

@ Rob. Cyclists never use cycle tracks anyway but instead cycle on roads only feet away from the cycle tracks.

Eddie
2024-04-04 15:11:13

Oh Derek Clark . A man after my own heart . Well said. As I have said before , slag Tories off when your parties does something worthwhile.

Resident
2024-04-04 17:53:38

it's nigh on impossible to cycle on the cycle tracks because of the state of disrepair of most of them, they're in remote locations and full of people walking across the width of them (even when a footpath in perfectly good condition runs alongside it). These people often have kids and dogs and get verbally aggressive if asked to move aside. That's not to mention the e-scooters and illegally modified e-bikes that regularly travel at the same speeds as the traffic on the adjacent roads. The bus station is in desperate need of a rebuild, the one we have now was never completed to incorporate all of the bus stands, was a poor design in the first place and is falling apart. There's no lighting and the shops adjacent to it attract groups of young men and kids who hang around the area with blatant drug dealing. If you're a regular user of public transport you'll know this needs doing. but whether it will be a servicable worthwhile upgrade remains to be seem.

Gary Scott
2024-04-04 19:47:20

I bet the people who make money from this vanity project don't have to pay to use it, it's served our town for years and I've never seen it full since the 70s and what needs updating shelters for while you wait, fix our streets we live in ,let those who make money from the project pay for it

peter
2024-04-04 21:13:28

I suppose this will be regarded as negative but I can't help but think that improving the bus services would make a better contribution than improving the bus station. I do use bus services, how many of you on here do? Wouldn't it be great to be able to get to Potter St/Epping from the north of the town as we used to be able to, or to Stansted from the south.

James Leppard
2024-04-05 06:38:02

Derek Clark and Lisa Cairns make very valid points. They demonstrate a clearer understanding than many as to what this administration is seeking to achieve. The grant funding obtained by Council for regeneration comes different Government pots and is for specific uses. So the money for Bus Terminal cannot be used for building houses or fixing potholes. After so many years of neglect and decline under Labour administrations, Town Centre regeneration has to be planned meticulously in its logical phases. This administration has gone about the process in a rational manner, starting with a Masterplan planning process, acquisition of real estate (under Labour the Council owned virtually nothing and consequently had no control). The well structured acquisition of the Harvey Centre - which is performing well above forecasts- is a major platform. We also visited an important New Town set up around the time of Harlow, Bracknell which undertook a very impressive town centre regeneration. Using some of their model and avoiding some of their reported mistakes, we entered into a LLP with the highly successful and specialist regeneration developer, Hill Group. Work is commencing on the various segments for which specific funding been obtained: bus terminus, new cultural quarter by the Playhouse. All the plans are open to public review at a dedicated shop on the ground floor of the Harvey Centre. This is the way to regenerate. It is slightly more complex and demanding than simply erecting concrete table tennis slabs in the market square for the amenity of drunks, which is Harlow Labour's regeneration legacy for all to see.

Stephen Archer
2024-04-05 09:12:31

What's the bridge going to be replaced with? A zip wire?

Nostradamus
2024-04-05 09:17:36

More buses and a better cycling and walking network are needed far more urgently than a new bus station. There's enough locations around the core of the town centre to create a distributed bus station that only require good waiting room / stops, a massive saving on the embedded high carbon footprint non sustainable plan. The way to make the transport system sustainable and radically reduce congestion and pollution is to copy systems used in some other countries, instead of building concrete and steel bus stations the money is used to provide a free bus service and green buses or trams. Sustainability can't be tackled bit by bit all modes of transport need to be considered in an integrated plan. Harlow Council, Essex County Council and the Government don't seem to understand this.

Charlie
2024-04-08 14:49:30

Went into town today on the bus, done what I wanted, then went to get the bus home. Walked down from Broad Walk towards the bus station and noticed the fencing up. Some guy was walking up towards Broad Walk and said you can't get through to the bus station this way. He said there were no signs up showing an alternative route, but I'm not that stupid, that I knew I only had to walk back to Broad Walk and around to the buses that way. Having some disruption, is a small price to pay, if it means a far better bus station at the end of the day. However, I got on my bus home and asked the driver if there was a pedestrian walkway put in place for people needing access to the buses, as there did not seem to be any signs up. When people alight from the buses it is at the top end of the bus station, and normallynyou just walk down to the other bus stops. But the driver said that they only knew about the situation this morning and as far as he knew there were no signs up directing people to an alternative access to the buses. He also said people were walking out into the road in the bus station to get down to the bus stops, or walking down the road between the bus station and terminus house. Surely this is a Health and Safety issue, that has been overlooked, and the contractors doing the work should be held accountable. Living in Harlow and knowing the town centre pretty well, I know the route you can take, but there will be visitors coming to the town, who have no idea of how to go round the alternative route, and will end up walking down the roadway in front of the buses. Come on you Contractors, before you start work, this issue needs sorting out. Or are you just another bunch of Cowboys?

Martin Sharp
2024-04-19 11:55:45

Total waste of money when we have three rows of derelict shops and a crappy Arriva bus service running through the town. Harlow council total w**kers who have no idea apart from wasting money on idiotic projects

Shazza
2024-04-20 08:04:34

Charlie - if you have time when at the bus station speak to one of the workmen / ask for the Supervisor and report your concerns. Additionally report it to the council. I work in the construction industry and so I support everything James Leppard, Derek Clark & Lisa Cairns have said. From my perspective & experience the construction works are progressing well and I'm looking forward to seeing the end product. The new station will allow for improved services alongside the improved bus/cycle/walking network with the rapid transit service. I'm from Walthamstow which is served by the London Superloop service, which I think is similar to that proposed here. It is a popular service & it makes a big difference to the travel there.

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