Leicester bus station redevelopment begins
Work on a major redevelopment of Leicester’s Haymarket Bus Station is to begin on 22 September. Leicester City Council is investing £13.5m in the building of a new, larger and more efficient bus station on the site of the existing one. The first phase of work will involve re-modeling and improving highways in the vicinity. The new Haymarket Bus Station will have 11 additional stands meaning 23 buses can drop off or pick up at any one time. Roof mounted solar panels will help provide power for the building and to charge mobility scooters at the Shopmobility centre which will be based there. Bus services that currently use nearby on street bus stops will be relocated into the new bus station.
The project has been awarded £3.5m of Government funding from the Local Pinch Point Fund, a decision that recognises the impact the scheme is expected to have on reducing bus congestion and improving services for bus users in Leicester. Following a competitive tendering exercise, the city council has awarded the main construction contract to Derby-based G F Tomlinson. The existing bus station building will close to the public from early January 2015, when construction work on the new station is due to begin. The new bus station should be operational from December 2015, with all work in the surrounding area due to be complete by spring 2016.