A £1m facelift for Leigh Bus Station

near Liverpool, Merseyside, UK
Transport for Greater Manchester is improving Leigh bus station as part of its bus priority package investment with work starting on 9th March 2015, just weeks after the bulk of the associated town centre improvements have been completed. Passengers should look out for further information on changes to the stands where services will operate from during the construction works. A temporary Travelshop will be in place throughout the main works.

A Jim Stones Coaches ADL Enviro200 bus registered BUS 1T in Leigh Bus Station.
A Jim Stones Alexander Dennis Enviro200 bus in Leigh Bus Station, the town's main independent local bus operator.

Improvements include a new-look Travelshop, refurbished public toilets, new signage and re-decoration and re-glazing of the bus stands to create a brighter, more modern passenger waiting environment. A new cycle hub will also be built to accommodate 46 bikes under full cover, with CCTV coverage and swipe card entry. The work is due to be completed by the end of the summer 2015.

Merseytravel commits to improve Kirkby Bus Station

near Liverpool, Merseyside, UK
Residents in Kirkby will soon benefit from a new bus station after Merseytravel identified funds that will allow the construction to go ahead despite the planned retail development being delayed after Tesco withdrew their plans.

A computer generated image of what Kirkby Bus Station could look like.

The new station will cost in the region of £1.5m and will see the current station that has been in place for over 20 years replaced with a new modern user-friendly transport facility. The designs are currently being finalised and once completed, will go out to tender. A contract will be awarded in the autumn with the project due to be completed by March 2016.

The development will include bus shelters offering better protection for passengers, better lighting providing a safer environment, improved passenger information and signage, provisions for CCTV and Real time Information screens plus a full road resurfacing for smoother journeys and better drainage.

More than 230 brand new buses for Arriva's UK bus fleet

near Liverpool, Merseyside, UK
Arriva UK Bus has announced an investment programme worth in excess of £45 million to facilitate a major upgrade of its fleet during the next 12 months. Supporting the business’ on-going commitment to strengthen operating efficiencies within its core business, Arriva has implemented a strategic three stage roll-out of more than 230 new vehicles which will improve service provision across both new and existing routes nationwide.

Five Arriva North West Alexander Dennis Enviro400 buses at a launch in Southport.
New Alexander Dennis Enviro400 double deck buses at an Arriva North West launch in Southport in October last year.

The first wave of investment will see 62 Alexander Dennis Enviro400 double deck vehicles go into service across the North West. The new carbon efficient vehicles, each fitted-out to Arriva's standard spec with free WiFi, e-leather seating and CCTV, will reinforce capacity on key city routes, whilst freeing up the one and two year old single deck buses for refurbishment and redeployment elsewhere across the network in the Midlands, South East and North East. A further 47 Enviro400’s will enter service in the North West in the latter half of the year.

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