‘Bus station closure would save £80,000 a year’
Councillors will this week be asked to close the Viking Bus Station in a bid to save almost £80,000 a year from the public purse.
A report before Friday’s environment and transport committee recommends shutting down the waiting room and adjacent freight centre and relocating to the SIC’s Gremista depot stores.
It also recommends selling or leasing the centre and waiting room to “achieve best value for the council”.
One full time and one part time job would be lost by the measures.
The freight centre has long-since been used as a delivery and collection hub for people placing items for onward travel by bus, to haulage companies collecting packages.
However the report, by the SIC’s team leader of transport operations, David Polson, says the majority of usage is from commercial business to commercial business.
“In effect the council is running a subsidised distribution centre for the commercial freight industry,” it states.
The report sets out a number of options considered before reaching recommendation for closure.
These include retaining the bus station and freight centre “as is”; continuing to man the waiting room while closing the freight centre or “significantly” increasing the rate per item at the freight centre from 20p to £1.
However only closing the building would help make the necessary savings.
Closing and relocating, the report says, would realise a potential saving of £79,961. Leasing the property would out would realise a revenue return.