Street revamp begins as bus station work progresses

Published on 06 November 2015

WORK to improve the street scene on Charles Street, as part of the ongoing redevelopment of Leicester’s Haymarket Bus Station, will begin next week.

Pavements will be widened and re-built in high-quality block paving along the stretch of Charles Street between its junctions with Lower Hill Street and Humberstone Gate.

The work, which begins on Monday (9 Nov), will be carried out in phases to minimise any disruption. Pavements will be re-laid in short sections with affected bus services temporarily relocated close by. Changes will be clearly signed and stewards will be on site to offer advice.

Access for pedestrians will be maintained during the works.

As part of the improvements, sections of the pavements will be widened slightly and some bus shelters are set be removed where services will be relocated into the new bus station.

Other improvements will include the installation of decorative screens, along with new seating, lighting and tree planting.

Work on the bus station is also now progressing well, after initial setbacks caused by the discovery of underground chambers and other unexpected features beneath the bus station site. The full steelwork structure for the new concourse building is in now place, with roofing and cladding largely complete.

City Mayor Peter Soulsby said: “The new Haymarket Bus Station will radically improve services for bus passengers. It also gives us the opportunity to transform the area around the bus station into a much more open and attractive area for pedestrians and shoppers.

“This work marks the start of the last phase of this complex and ambitious project before the new station opens next year.

“With a project of this scale, some disruption is inevitable but the project team are working extremely hard to manage and minimise that.”

The bus station is due to open by Easter 2016.

Work to improve the pedestrian area around the bus station will be complete by March 2016. This will be followed by work to resurface the roads, which may require some overnight closures.

The overall costs of the Haymarket Bus Station redevelopment, including street improvements, will be £15.5milllion.

Leicester City Council was awarded £3.5milllion of government funding from the Local Pinch Point Fund towards the scheme  – a decision that recognises the impact it will have on reducing bus congestion and improving services for bus passengers in Leicester.

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