THIS is what Durham City looked like on the first day of the bus station closure as the current building is set for demolition within weeks.

For the next year and a half, Go North East, Arriva North East and Scarlett Band buses will all drop-off and pick-up passengers from stands in the city centre.

SEE MORE: Where you will need to catch your bus in Durham from Monday

It is part of the Durham Bus Station Project which is seeing a brand new 'transport hub' constructed on the existing site and opened in September 2022.

At the weekend workers could be seen adding the finishing touches to the temporary stands with easy access ramps, timetables and information displays added.

SEE MORE: Pictures of Durham Bus Station over the years as it prepares for demolition

But on Monday, buses were seen lined up along temporary stands on North Road and Milburngate as passengers got to grips with the new arrangements.

Ahead of the bus station's redevelopment, Durham County Councillor and City of Durham Parish Councillor Richard Ormerod said: "We've waited a long time for this to happen.

"Working with the council we managed to secure a green wall and solar panels. We will have a building which is safer, greener, more attractive and more user-friendly than the old one."

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Arriva North East buses parked up on North Road on Monday Picture: SARAH CALDECOTT

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The work will take around eighteen months to complete Picture: SARAH CALDECOTT

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Bus companies will pick-up and drop-off passengers at stops along North Road and Milburngate Picture: SARAH CALDECOTT

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Brand new 'Bus Stand' signs have been etched into the ground Picture: SARAH CALDECOTT

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The former bus station is now boarded up as contractors were pictured at the site on Monday Picture: SARAH CALDECOTT

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The bus station will be torn down in coming weeks Picture: SARAH CALDECOTT