Leicester bus station redevelopment nears
A proposed £13.5m redevelopment of Leicester’s Haymarket Bus Station has taken a step closer to being implemented with the submission of a formal planning application. If approved, the project would be funded with £10m set aside by Leicester City Council as part of the Economic Action Plan. The City Council is planning to build a new, larger and more efficient bus station on the existing site. A fresh bid for £3.5m has been submitted to the DfT’s Local Pinch Point Fund. The redeveloped facility would mean 23 buses could drop off or pick up at any one time. Services that currently use nearby on street bus stops could then be relocated to the new station, which the council believes would help significantly reduce bus queuing and congestion in the area.
A new concourse building is also proposed, intended to provide modern facilities and the latest information systems for passengers. Roof mounted solar panels will help produce power for the new building and to charge mobility scooters at the Shopmobility centre that is to be housed there. The city council is also planning a number of improvements that will make the area around the bus station more attractive. The latest designs have been developed following a public consultation held earlier this year and with feedback from the city’s bus user panel. The city council has now completed the purchase of the existing bus station land from the owners of the Haymarket Bus Station.
Visit www.leicester.gov.uk/connectingleicester for more information about the bus station plans,