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The £60k+ cost of Aylesbury's unused transport centre

Aylesbury Travel Information Centre

Published by Dan Gooding at 5:47am 11th October 2018.

Ten years ago, a travel information kiosk opened in Aylesbury - it quickly shut but has cost tens of thousands of pounds in that time.

A Freedom of Information Request shows £43,511.52 has been spent on electricity since 2008.

The building has hardly been used and the screens inside and the one above are rarely working.

Meanwhile over £22,000 has gone on business rates for the building.

Bucks County Council
The County Council built the kiosk with funding for the Department for Transport

The man who submitted the request says it makes no sense when it's never really been used.

He also asked the County Council if the kiosk could be rented out, making back some money.

The FOI repsonse says:

The property could be let, however, as BCC does not own the freehold of the land, this reduces our ability to achieve a letting

The building was funded by the Department for Transport, as part of a £20m fund for the Aylesbury Public Transport Project.

A spokesperson for the County Council said:

The travel information centre was created to act as a tourist information point and provide advice on walking, cycling and public transport travel information options within Aylesbury.

It was built as part of the wider Aylesbury Transport Hub project and was funded by the Growth Area Funding grant from the Government.

The centre is not currently operating as constraints on the Council's budget means it does not have the resources required to staff it. Travel advice and information is now easily accessible online and bus timetables are still displayed on screens within the booth.

The site is currently being used as an advertising space. There are no other immediate plans for it, but the site is being kept under review as part of the ongoing development of Aylesbury town centre.

The council owns the building itself, but not the land upon which it is constructed. As such, it is not in a position to either sell or lease the land, although discussions on its future are ongoing with the landowner.

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