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Footbridge removed as rebuild of Harlow bus station gathers pace

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The Terminus House footbridge has been successfully demolished over the Bank Holiday weekend as work continues to rebuild Harlow bus station and transform Terminus Street.

The structure was removed using specialist machinery with the bus stops temporarily relocated while the work took place.

The footbridge, which has been in the town centre since 1968 and originally linked the multi-storey car park and Terminus House to the shops, hasn’t been in permanent use for several years. The footbridge was a dominating structure creating unwelcoming spaces and its removal makes way as part of the multi-million-pound regeneration of the area. Funded by Government as part of Harlow’s £23.7m Towns Fund programme, the regeneration scheme will see the existing bus station replaced with a new bright and welcoming Transport Hub, providing public transport for Harlow’s residents, visitors, and employees. The scheme will also connect with the Harlow and Gilston Garden Town sustainable transport corridor.

Access to all shops and businesses are maintained and businesses are open as normal. Temporary hoarding will still be in place for a couple of weeks whilst the site continues to be cleared and made safe, however the council aim to reopen some pedestrian access to Terminus Street via East Walk from mid-June onwards.

The council would like to thank all the landlords, businesses, residents of Terminus House, bus services, bus users and hackney carriage drivers for their patience during the disruption.

Councillor Dan Swords, Leader of Harlow Council, said:

“The demolition of the Terminus House footbridge is a huge milestone met for the rebuild of the bus station and Terminus Street and signals a brand-new start for this part of Harlow Town Centre. This is yet more proof that Harlow Council is delivering on its mission to rebuild our town. 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, along with improvements in Broad Walk and our plans for Market Square.”