Work begins on Liverpool’s first dedicated bus hub

Contractors have begun work on creating Liverpool city centre’s first dedicated bus hub – as part of a major drive to tackle congestion and cut air pollution.

A key component of the city council’s £45 million Liverpool City Centre Connectivity Scheme, it is estimated the hub will cut more than 900,000km of empty bus journeys out of the city centre and 2,000 tonnes of CO2 out of the atmosphere every year – as well as countless hours of congestion.

Liverpool City Council has instructed contractors GRAHAM to carry out the scheme which will see on street parking bays removed and is set to be completed by mid-December, in time for the introduction of proposed new bus routes in January 2020 and the forthcoming changes to Lime Street and Queen Square bus station.

James Noakes, cabinet member for Highways & Environment, said: “The new Bus Hub is a vital piece of the jigsaw in creating a cleaner and greener city centre – now and for future generations to enjoy. It’s function as a layover will remove thousands of unnecessary miles off our roads, reducing congestion in the city centre and cutting more than 2,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions every year.

“As well as helping to make traffic flow more efficiently – alongside the other changes in the city centre connectivity programme – the real long term benefit is the improvement to our overall air quality for the city and our efforts in tackling the climate crisis.

“Liverpool city centre has undergone a huge transformation over the past 20 years but our transport network has hardly changed. The bus hub is key to making the radical changes necessary to ensure how we travel around the city centre works for the next 20 years – to the benefit of us all and the environment. This is a complex piece of highways management and the demolition of the nearby Churchill Flyover will present some engineering challenges but a lot of preparation and planning has gone into this and once completed, the benefits to commuters, workers and visitors will be felt very quickly.”