Queen Square bus station is set to benefit from improvement works resulting in smoother and more comfortable journeys for customers.
Essential resurfacing works will be carried out at the bus station for about 10 weeks starting from 24 January.
To minimise disruption, the improvement works will be carried out in two phases –
Phase one (about 5 weeks) – Inbound carriageway will be closed, resurfaced and reopened. Bus services will use temporary stops during the closure.
Phase Two (about 5 weeks) – Outbound carriageway will be closed, resurfaced and re-opened. Bus services will use temporary stops during the closure.
Customers are advised that temporary bus stops will be sited at St Johns Lane, Lime Street and Victoria Street.
The travel and information centre will remain open and there will be extra staff at key locations to direct bus passengers to temporary stops and give further travel information.
An improved safe pedestrian crossing at the current Pelican crossing location will also be installed as part of the works.
Originally constructed in 1996, Queen Square Bus Station, which is owned and operated by Merseytravel, caters for one million buses each year and is reputed to be the busiest in Europe. With this in mind, contractors will be working seven days a week, to keep the closure period as short as possible and minimise disruption to passengers and local businesses.
The road surface is already in a state of disrepair and a full resurfacing programme is the most cost effective solution. A robust, hard wearing material will be used giving the bus station surface a 25 year life span.
Customers are advised that further information about the £450,000 plans, temporary bus stops and travel advice will be available nearer the time and via the Merseytravel website, bus stops, Traveline, travel and information centre, leaflets, and social media.
Cllr Liam Robinson, Merseytravel Chair said: “Queen Square is of critical importance to the local transport network and the local economy. These improvements are necessary to ensure that it remains a great facility and a key interchange for work, leisure and retail links both to and from the city centre.
“This is just one of the ways we can enhance customers’ experience which is a priority for us and the new Bus Alliance which we announced just last week.
“The city region’s vibrant and jam-packed annual calendar of major events and various improvement projects means that it is not easy to identify a good time to carry out such important works but we have carefully considered the timing and we have chosen the quietest time of the year in order to minimise impact on passengers and businesses.
“We want to tell customers now so that they can get the date in their diary and factor this in when planning journeys.
“Although we anticipate there will be delays and disruptions to services, to do nothing is not an option. However, a world class transport network needs to be supported by a good infrastructure that meets the needs of the modern traveller and supports the local economy and this improvement work will ultimately benefit passengers and local businesses once completed.”
Bill Addy, Chief Executive of Liverpool BID Company, which represents 1,500 businesses in Liverpool city centre, said: “It’s very encouraging to see investment in Queen Square station. It is a major hub in the city centre and handles a tremendous volume of traffic every day. Although there will be disruption, which we will work with Merseytravel to help mitigate as much as possible, businesses and the public will appreciate this work needs to be done and understand the long term gains will be worth it.’”