Your chance to have a say on £6m Grimsby town centre transformation plan
DETAILS of a £6 million scheme to transform Grimsby's town centre must be fine-tuned before work begins.
That is the view of the Eng-Age Transport Group, which plans to tour the areas affected by the changes and report findings to North East Lincolnshire Council.
The scheme, announced in November, will see the bus station in Riverhead Square scrapped to make way for a transport super-stop linked to a major extension at Freshney Place.
It will also see one-way systems in the town centre changed by the time work is completed in 2014.
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At a meeting of Eng-Age, which represents older people, concerns were raised about the plans.
Acting chairman Tim Mickleburgh said: "The scheme is now going ahead, so this is our chance to have a say on how it will work and to come up with ways to tweak it so that they are better for users.
"People are creatures of habit and the details of a scheme like this can help make or break it.
"For instance, it needs to be made very clear which buses will be stopping where.
"We do not want to be in the same situation we have been in with the bad weather, where the information on the bus service has been atrocious."
The meeting at Grimsby Central Library heard concerns about how buses will operate while work is carried out.
Ken Oliver, from New Waltham, said: "People need to know where they should be going for the buses they need in the interim period before the new hub opens.
"It would help if Stagecoach had an advice desk which was manned by somebody with local knowledge to point people in the right direction."
The group also discussed changes to Bethlehem Street, near the Yarborough Hotel, where the council plans to remove the pedestrian crossing and install a narrow, raised area with a 20mph speed limit.
Mr Oliver added: "If the traffic is still going to be two-way then there definitely needs to be a crossing.
"Age Concern is across that road and a lot of elderly people and people with disabilities use the crossing."
Richard Patton, from Grimsby, added: "It is a very busy area and there definitely needs to be a crossing of some kind to make sure people get across the road safely."
Committee member Ray Oxby suggested members tour the areas and present concerns to the council.
Eng-Age will meet outside Wetherspoons pub, next Wednesday, from 10.30am, to formulate a list of concerns about the plans and how they can be alleviated.