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St Margaret's Bus Station

Leicester’s St Margaret’s Bus Station is temporarily closed to the public. The old building has been demolished and will be replaced by a new, energy efficient building that is set to be the first carbon neutral bus station in the UK.

The new building will feature an improved internal layout with a new café, better seating and real time digital passenger information. There will also be increased capacity for national and regional bus services, with the number of bus bays increasing from 18 to 24.

The new design will include LED lighting, mechanical ventilation with heat recovery, air source heat pumps and 750 square metres of solar panels, which will generate enough energy to power the station and feed extra energy back into the grid.

The building will also incorporate electric bus charging points and a new fully glazed concourse to maximise lighting levels and significantly reduce energy usage. The new building will also feature secure storage for up to 150 bikes.

There will be improvements to footpaths and roads immediately surrounding the bus station, with better facilities for pedestrians and cyclists, new landscaping and tree planting, and better and safer crossings to soften the impact of the ring road. This will improve links between key development sites and the city centre, including the new Savoy Street which will link the new St Margaret’s and Haymarket bus stations.

National Express coach services will continue to operate from St Margaret’s from the end of March 2021, with temporary offices and stops in place while the new bus station is being built. (Check National Express timetable).

County bus services will operate from temporary stops located in Gravel Street (close to the junction with Church Gate), and in Abbey Street and Charles Street. Details can be found on the attached map.

The St Margaret’s Gateway is a regeneration project supported by a £10.5million allocation from the Getting Building Fund, a pot of government funding awarded to the Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership Limited (LLEP) for shovel-ready infrastructure projects to create jobs and support economic recovery across the country.

The installation of the new building’s array of photovoltaic panels will be supported by a grant of £202,500 from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), as part of Leicester City Council’s successful bid for over £4million of match-funding to support a range of ambitious transport-related projects that aim to cut greenhouse gas emissions.

The first phase of highway works linked to the bus station is now underway. This involves the permanent closure of right and left turns into Abbey Street from Burleys Way.

As part of the scheme, a new super crossing will be created across Burleys Way, replacing the former footbridge which was removed last autumn. The work will also create space for wider footpaths and a new cycle track.

Work will be carried out overnight to minimise disruption to traffic and is expected to take around nine weeks to complete. Short, well-signed diversions for traffic accessing Abbey Street will be in place while the work is carried out.