New £13.5m Haymarket Bus Station opens this weekend
People will be able to see inside the new bus station building for the first time at an opening event on Saturday (May 7).
The free event will run from 11am until 5pm. People will be able to explore bus travel through the ages, with a range of vintage buses and the latest vehicles from the city’s bus operators on show. Visitors can also take a trip down memory lane on a vintage bus journey to Abbey Pumping Station, the city’s museum of science and technology.
There will stalls offering information about bus services and other activities on offer through the day.
From Sunday (May 8), the bus station will be fully open for business with around 40 bus services operating from the new facility. The new building’s large, modern concourse will offer comfortable waiting areas, real-time bus information displays and a passenger information desk.
City Mayor Peter Soulsby said: “This has been a long and challenging redevelopment, but I think that people will agree that the wait has been worth it.
“The new building, with its inviting concourse, will make a huge difference to the daily journeys of thousands of people who travel in and out of the city centre by bus.
“The new pick-up and drop off arrangements will also help reduce bus congestion along this stretch of Charles Street, helping cut unnecessary delays and improve journey times.
“It is a huge improvement over what was here before, which was frankly little more than a lose collection of rundown shelters. This is a bus station for the 21st century.”
The revamped Haymarket Bus Station will almost double the number of stands previously available at the 1990s-built facility that it has replaced, from 12 to 23. This will provide capacity for over 100 buses per hour.
As a result, a number of bus shelters have been removed from Charles Street, between Belgrave Gate and Humberstone Gate. Pavements have been widened and re-built in high-quality block paving to create a safer and more attractive route for visitors.
The following bus services will operate from marked bays at the new Haymarket Bus Station from Sunday (May 8):
• Stagecoach service 48 to Nuneaton/Coventry – bay HA
• First services 18 and 19 to Braunstone – bay HB
• First service 16 to Braunstone (Blackmore Drive); and Roberts Coaches service 303 for the Birstall Park and Ride – bay HC
• First service 12 to Braunstone Frith and New Parks; and First service 13 to Glenfield – bay HD
• Arriva service 14 to Braunstone Frith; Centrebus services 83 and 83A to Clarendon Park, Aylestone and Glen Parva; and Centrebus service 162 to New Parks – bay HE
• First service 14 to Braunstone Frith – bay HF
• First service 14A to Beaumont Centre – bay HG
• Arriva services 44 and 44A to Clarendon Park, Knighton and Wigston Magna – bay HH
• Arriva service 31 to Oadby Grange – bay HJ
• Arriva service 31A to Oadby, Coombe Rise – bay HK
• Arriva services 49 to Wigston Harcourt, 49A to South Wigston and 49B toWigton/Kibworth – bay HL
• Arriva services 48 and 48A to Wigston/South Wigston – bay HM
• Arriva services 47 and 47A to South Wigston/Wigston – bay HN
• Arriva service 6 to Thurmaston/Syston – bay HP
• Arriva service 5 to Queniborough/East Goscote and 5A to Melton Mowbray – bay HQ
• First service 22 to Rushey Mead – bay HR
• First service 21 to Thurmaston East (Blount Road); and Roberts service 21 to St Matthews (Sundays only) – bay HS
• First service 25 to Beaumont Lodge – bay HT
• First service 26 to Beaumont – bay HV
• First service 74 to Anstey – bay HW
• Centrebus service 54A to Beaumont Centre/Anstey – bay HX
• First bus service 54 to Beaumont Centre – bay HY
• Centrebus services 22A, 22B and 22C to Birstall – bay HZ
The bus station will be open Monday to Friday from 5am-11.45pm, Saturday 6am-11.45pm, and Sunday 9am-11.45pm.
Passenger facilities will also include public toilets, a baby changing and a Changing Places toilet for people with profound disabilities and their carers.
The redevelopment of the Haymarket Bus Station was partly paid for with a grant of £3.5milllion from the Government's Local Pinch Point Fund.
For more information visit www.leicester.gov.uk/haymarketbusstation