Road improvements linked to the £13.5million regeneration of Leicester’s St Margaret’s bus station and surrounding streets are due to get underway next week.
Work to remodel the junction of Burleys Way and Abbey Street will begin from Monday, July 26. This will see the permanent closure of the right and left turns into Abbey Street from the inner ring road.
As part of the scheme, a new super crossing will be created across Burleys Way to replace the former footbridge, which was removed last autumn. The work will also create space for wider footpaths and a new cycle track.
Work is being carried out overnight to minimise disruption to traffic and is expected to take around nine weeks to complete.
This will be the first phase of highway works carried out as part of the £13.5million St Margaret’s Gateway regeneration scheme.
The old St Margaret’s bus station is being replaced improved routes for pedestrians and cyclists will be created as part of a major scheme to revamp this part of the city centre.
The initial stages of construction work on the new St Margaret’s Bus Station are now underway.
The new bus station building will have glazed walls and feature a curved aluminium roof that appears to float above the main concourse hall.
Bus passengers will benefit from a completely redesigned and improved internal layout with a new café, better seating, modern toilets complete with a new Changing Places accessible toilet, and real time digital passenger information. There will also be increased capacity for national and regional bus services, with the number of bays increased from 18 to 24.
Electric bus charging points will be installed, and the new building will feature secure storage for up to 150 bikes.
The roof is being fitted with over 750sqm of photovoltaic panels which will generate enough energy to power the new bus station and feed surplus green energy back into the grid.
City Mayor Peter Soulsby said: “The new St Margaret’s bus station is an important project for Leicester and the start of its construction marks the beginning of a revival of this part of the city.
“This new investment in the St Margaret’s area will provide a huge boost for public transport, help regenerate a run down but important gateway into Leicester and help attract even more investment into the city.”
Construction of the new bus station building is expected to be complete by summer 2022.