Bus station upgrades please Broch councillors

Councillors Charles Buchan and Brian Topping at the bus station.
Councillors Charles Buchan and Brian Topping at the bus station.

Fraserburgh and district councillors Charles Buchan and Brian Topping have said they are pleased with the progress of the bus station’s renovation.

They were speaking to the Fraserburgh Herald following a visit to the active work site when they revealed that the station was on schedule to become operational in June.

Councillor Charles Buchan told the Herald: “The £300,000 refurbishment is progressing well. The work is estimated to be completed in a month or so.

“I’m pleased that the Council is continuing to promote public transport, and a modern-looking bus station, along with frequent buses, will help make bus usage attractive to commuters and students and persuade the public to leave their cars at home.”

Councillor Topping added: “I’m very pleased with the work so far.

“There will be a new glass frontage, making the waiting room bright and airy. New hi-tech destination boards will be visible from outside as well as in, and new shelters at both sides of the road will be provided.

“The bright surroundings and new seating in the waiting room, and new toilets will make taking the bus a much more pleasurable experience.”

The plans to renovate the bus station had been submitted to Aberdeenshire Council planners last year in an effort to bring the ageing facility up-to-date.

The new design will see the Hanover Street bus station refurbished with four offices, a staff area, a waiting room and three public toilets.

Cosmetic changes are also detailed in the plans, available to view on Aberdeenshire Council’s website.

Speaking previously, Councillor Buchan had said Aberdeenshire Council were persuaded into finding the budget for the enhanced shelter provisions at Hanover Street.