New Kirkby bus station approved

The redevelopment of Kirkby bus station has been given the go-ahead by Knowsley Council's planning committee.

Part of the wider £200m Kirkby regeneration scheme, the redevelopment includes a change in the road construction type and a new bus shelter with five bus stands. The plans include pedestrian walkways to allow safe access for bus users.

The designs are co-ordinated with the other proposed improvements within the town centre, including the public square designated for a plot next to the station.

The plans prepared by URS Infrastructure & Environment on behalf of MerseyTravel, which owns the site.

Construction work will take place as part of Tesco's redevelopment of Cherryfield Drive. Tesco is expected to submit that planning application before the end of the year, with timescales for the construction of the retail store and Cherryfield Drive works to be confirmed.

During the construction period for the new bus station, Merseytravel will provide temporary facilities on Irlam Drive and St Chad's Drive.

Dave Lonergan, cabinet member for regeneration, economy and skills at Knowsley Council, said: "This is another really exciting development for Kirkby residents and another element of the overall regeneration programme falling into place.

"In the last year, we have delivered the brand new £2.5m Kirkby Market, the £5m Kirkby Centre, the new housing development on St Kevin's Drive and last month Tesco started work to completely transform the town centre.

"Residents will now see the demolition of the empty properties on Cherryfield Drive in the coming weeks to make way for the construction of the new Tesco store and other retail units in 2015."

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