Redevelopment begins on Leicester Bus Station

by Abigail Beresford

St Margaret’s Bus Station in Leicester was demolished this week to mark the beginning of a £13.5m redevelopment plan.

The bus station was officially closed off from the public on December 31, to prepare for the demolition and begin work.

Getting Building Fund company contributed £10.5m to fund the development and bring Leicester’s bus station back to life.

The bus station first opened its services to the public in 1985 – designed as a new modern way of travel, where people could efficiently travel up and down the country.

Now, 36 years later, St Margaret’s is preparing itself for a new transformation.

With a new, modern bus station in the works, there are hopes of an increase in tourism, and a creation of various new job opportunities to the people of Leicestershire.

“I think it’s the perfect time for the redevelopment of the station to begin,” said Lily Hughes, 18.

“Luckily, I don’t travel as much at the moment because of the lockdown, so it’s not that much of a problem for me.”

On the buses! Buses coming to and from Leicester [Abigail Beresford]

The new lockdown restrictions that were put in place on January 4 advised people to only use public transport if they are an essential worker and unable to work from home.

St Margaret’s Bus Station is set to reopen in early 2022.

Temporary bus stops have been made in accordance with the recent closure.

Changes to bus schedules can be found at https://www.leicester.gov.uk/transport-and-streets/travelling-by-bus/

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