LATEST plans for the regeneration of Accrington town centre envisage the bus station being moved to Crawshaw Street behind the old Kwik Save supermarket.

The siting of the bus station has long been controversial, with calls to move it from Peel Street since an elderly woman was knocked down there a number of years ago.

The latest recommendation comes from planning consultants Urbed – Urbanism, Environment and Design – which is now making rapid progress on developing a town centre masterplan.

The plan, details of which have been revealed to the council’s Cabinet, also includes:


* The creation of a Pennine Square on Peel Street when the bus station has moved.
* Continuing to centre the main retail and commercial hub of the town centre around Blackburn Road, Broadway and the Arndale and the Market Hall and Town Hall.
* A range of highways improvements to improve access to the town centre.

Council leader Peter Britcliffe said: "Accrington town centre is at the heart of the resurgence of the borough and one of our key projects is this masterplan.

"Research and consultation carried out with stakeholders and investors shows strong support for an ambitious and comprehensive approach to regenerating the town centre and maximising new investment opportunities.

"The next step is for Urbed to develop a preferred option and demonstrate clearly how this can be delivered.

"This will be considered by all the people with an interest in the town centre and will then go out for public consultation in November, with the final recommendations being brought to Cabinet in the New Year."