Leicester's Haymarket bus station closes for £13.5m revamp

Haymarket bus station Image copyright Leicester City Council
Image caption Sir Peter Soulsby called the work an "ambitious redevelopment"

Leicester's Haymarket bus station has closed to the public for its £13.5m redevelopment.

Construction work started on the station on Sunday and is expected to last 12 months.

During that time, 20 bus services will move to temporary stops or alternative stops in the city centre.

The city council said the new station would provide modern facilities for passengers and more space for buses to help prevent congestion.

City mayor Sir Peter Soulsby, said the existing bus station was "barely fit for purpose".

The project, funded largely by the council, also includes changes to the area around the station.

Sir Peter said it would become "more attractive" with a new footpath, extra seating and more greenery.

The station is expected to reopen by December with work outside to be completed by spring 2016.

The Haymarket Shopping Centre car park will stay open as normal throughout the work.

Image copyright Leicester City Council
Image caption The city council said the area around the station would also be changed to make it "more attractive"

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