Green light for new Kirkby bus station

Published on: Friday, 14-November-2014

Residents in Kirkby are set to benefit from a major boost to public transport in the town, with a brand new bus station.

In another key milestone in the £200m regeneration of the town centre, Knowsley Council’s Planning Committee last night (Thursday 13 November) approved plans to build the new facility on Cherryfield Drive.

The modern, distinctive bus station will replace the outdated facility currently on that site. It will allow easy access to the existing town centre, as well as the new Tesco store and other retail units which will commence during 2015.

The station will have five bus stands allowing safe and easy access to buses. Each bus stand will have a seating area and lighting, while the area around the station will be attractively landscaped and have decorative railings with references to the poet and artist Edward Lear.

Merseytravel held three separate public consultation events in the summer and residents’ opinions were taken into account when the planning application was prepared.

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.

Chair of Merseytravel, Cllr Liam Robinson, said: “We’re delighted that the plans for the new bus station have been approved. Upgraded facilities for Kirkby are long overdue and we can’t wait to get started on the work, helping improve the experience for passengers using the public transport network.”

Knowsley Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Economy and Skills, Cllr Dave Lonergan, 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.”