CHESTER bus exchange is to undergo a much-needed makeover to improve the experience for passengers.
From today Cheshire West and Chester Council will be undertaking a necessary refurbishment of the bus exchange, replacing the old brick bus stands replaced with new shelters to help passengers feel safer, particularly at night.
The new look, which has been given the green light to improve the look of the important gateway to the city until the Northgate Development arrives, will cause some disruption to passengers during the period of the works, with some services temporarily starting and finishing at Gorse Stacks.
Cllr Lynn Riley, executive member for community and environment, said: “Over the years the appearance of the stands has deteriorated and obtaining parts to repair damaged seats, lights and roof glazing panels has become very difficult, giving rise to concerns of user safety.
“The new shelters will be easier to maintain and clean and will give a brighter new look to the area”.
The bus exchange was originally built in the 1980s to accommodate buses that used to terminate at the front of Chester Town Hall. Additional work will include a new shelter for the taxi rank and pedestrian crossing points to aid passengers.
Cllr Riley added: “The refurbishment will improve the outlook of this important gateway to the city.
“Bearing in mind the council’s revised plans for the Northgate, these replacement shelters are modular and can be taken down and reused as needed.”
Notices have been placed in the bus exchange and leaflets will be available at the information kiosk to help passengers find their services.