Chester bus station nears completion

Chester’s new bus interchange has undergone its first live testing ahead of a rescheduled handover in May this year.

Construction work was intended to be complete for a March handover, but additional repair works to the concrete slab protecting archaeology in the Gorse Stacks area were required before resurfacing of roads could take place.

Graham Pink, director of commissioning places and commercial management at Cheshire West & Chester Council, said: “The successful trials bring us closer to the opening of this fantastic new facility which will provide passengers with a much better experience.

“We recognise that whilst there have been some delays to the original programme, these were unavoidable and were largely due to unforeseen issues inherent with a brownfield city centre site such as this with the added challenge of working in a historic city.”

Work started on the £13.5m scheme in September 2015. Once the scheme has been handed over, there will be a familiarisation period for bus operators and for systems to be fully tested. The interchange is scheduled to open in early June.

To manage 156 buses per hour, the interchange includes 13 bus stands with information screens providing passengers with live feed information regarding arrival times.

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