The first bus picked up passengers from Hemel Hempstead’s new million-pound transport hub this morning (Monday, December 21).
The 320 service to Rickmansworth, which stopped on the Marlowes at 5.30am, meant another part of the town’s evolution project fell into place.
The purpose-built bus interchange – which replaces the one in front of Market Square – is hoped to bring more shoppers to the town centre.
Changes include a dedicated arrival and departure area for buses and coaches, with modern shelters and real-time passenger displays.
There is a new travel information centre next to the neighbouring foodcourt in the new-look pedestrianised shopping area, along with two new public toilets installed next to travel centre.
There will be temporary signs in the old bus statiom to point people in the right direction.
As part of the £30million-pound investment from Dacorum Borough Council, there are plans for the old bus station and nearby Market Square to be re-developed into a leisure complex.
This latest development means that both the Marlowes and Bridge Street are now only accessible to buses and a limited number of local businesses with special permits.
Members of the public are not allowed to drive down or park on this busy bus route for safety reasons, and will be liable for a fine if they do.