St Margaret’s Bus Station, Leicester’s main bus station in Leicester was demolished this week to mark the commencement of a £13.5m plan to redevelop it.
The bus station was officially closed off from the public on Thursday December 31, to prepare for the demolition and begin work.
The Government’s Getting Building Fund company contributed £10.5m to pay for the development and bring Leicester’s bus station back to life.
The bus station first opened its services to the public in 1985 – at the time designed to be a new modern way of travel, where people could efficiently travel up and down the country.
St Margaret’s is now preparing itself for a new transformation, 36-years later.
It will bring 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 nationwide lockdown restrictions that were put in place on January 4, and people to only use public transport if they are an essential worker, unable to work from home with no other mode of transport to get to and from work, for other urgent needs.
St Margaret’s Bus Station is set to reopen in early 2022.
Temporary bus stops have been put in place since with the recent closure.