Leicester's Haymarket bus station scheme sees shops demolished

Haymarket bus station Image copyright Leicester City Council
Image caption The site of the shops is in the foreground of this artists' impression of the new bus station

Work has begun on demolishing a row of shops as part of a £13.5m bus station redevelopment.

The small block of vacant buildings on the corner of Charles Street and Belgrave Gate will be removed to allow an expansion of the station site.

Most of the work will take place overnight this week, with the nearby Haymarket car park being closed.

Construction of the new bus station is due to begin in the new year, with an opening date of December 2015.

City Mayor Peter Soulsby said: "The new Haymarket bus station will transform this part of the city centre, and the demolition of this rather rundown block of buildings will be the first clear sign of that."

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