Demolition work begins to build brand new £15m Harlow transport hub

Demolition work to make way for the complete rebuilding of Harlow's bus station is now underway. Work to deliver a £15m transport hub in Harlow began at the site on Terminus Street.

The project will see a complete redevelopment of the existing bus station and parts of Terminus Street. A single-storey transport hub will be built along with a parking area for bikes.

Costing around £15m, the majority of funding is from a £23.7m investment for Harlow through the Government's Towns Fund programme. The bright and welcoming transport hub will provide public transport options for Harlow's residents, visitors and employees.

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Cllr Dan Swords, the Conservative leader of Harlow Council, said the development will make "a huge difference" for the town and "put the heart back into Harlow's town centre". Work has started with the demolition of the existing bus station information point and toilets. To cause as least disruption as possible to bus users the demolition of the footbridge will take place over the May Bank Holiday (25 to 27 May).

An artist's impression of the transport hub in Harlow
An artist's impression of the transport hub in Harlow -Credit:Brian Thomas Photography

To help with its safe removal and undertake the works as quick as possible the bus station will need to close from 7pm on Saturday 25 May 2024, reopening at 7am on Tuesday 28 May 2024. The following will be in place:

  • Bus services will continue to operate as per the timetable, with temporary stands provided in Crown Gate and South Gate. Full details of services and temporary bus stands will be available as soon as possible. Crown Gate and South Gate will have temporary traffic restrictions in place, restricting access to buses, Essex Police and service access.

  • Terminus Street will also have traffic, pedestrian and cycle restrictions in place, with no north-south access provided; pedestrians will need to use Broad Walk as a means of accessing between north and south of Terminus Street. Businesses included Mecca bingo and Tenpin continue to operate as normal throughout the works.

The Leader of Harlow Council, Councillor Dan Swords, who was on site today in the Bus Station to mark the start of works, said: "We are getting on with the job of delivering our mission to rebuild our town with the transformation of Harlow’s bus station and Terminus Street. The area will be transformed into a state-of-the-art Sustainable Transport Hub and Interchange to help put the heart back into Harlow’s town centre.

"The transformation of the area will make a huge difference to this side of the town centre and will complement our improvements to Broad Walk and our plans for Market Square. There will be some disruption to bus users during the demolition and construction works. We will be working closely with the contractors to keep disruption to a minimal and we will ensure that regular updates are issued for bus users and signs are kept updated."