Durham CC has reversed the trend of cuts and sell-offs in local government with the purchase of Peterlee bus station, completing the local authority’s ownership of all of the bus stations in county Durham.
The council vowed the acquisition would result in improvements to station facilities and maintenance and repairs to damaged seating. Officials suggested the authority was unable to carry out such work while the station was in others’ hands despite funds being available for the work.
The BBC suggests that the previous owners, bus operators and the council disagreed over who was responsible for the repair work. Better coordination of bus service is also on the cards the council said after completing the purchase.
Cllr Neil Foster, cabinet member for economic regeneration, said: ‘We’re delighted to announce the purchase of Peterlee bus station and look forward to making public transport better and more convenient for the people of East Durham.’