A major project to completely upgrade King’s Lynn’s bus station is set to start in the New Year.

The £1.6m project will see links between the bus and train stations improved and the scheme is aimed to mitigate the impact of recent out-of-town developments.

Tesco and Sainsbury’s have both built large new stores near the Hardwick roundabout and have paid £1m as part of the planning agreement which is going towards the bus station.

The remaining £600,000 is coming from Norfolk County and West Norfolk Councils.

The project is set to start with the first phase on Tuesday, January 6 and is due to last until early May.

Both the borough and county councils have been working alongside bus and coach operators as part of the scheme and phase three, in March, will see a temporary relocation for buses heading southbound.

The King’s Lynn Transport Interchange Project will also see the installation of a new canopy to provide shelter for passengers at the bus station.

There will be more pedestrian space in front of the bus station office and Sainsbury’s to relieve peak-time congestion in the area.

There will be new street furniture, bike storage, seating and lighting while a new exit on to Albion Street and Railway Road will be created for northbound bus services.

The bus station toilets will be refurbished and Waterloo Street will become ‘access only’ for residents and it will also have wider pavements, along with Old Market Street.

For the full details see today’s paper and www.west-norfolk.gov.uk/busstationworks