The first stage of the Liverpool One scheme, the multi-million pound Paradise Street Interchange, opens on Sunday November 13th.
The interchange will replace the existing Paradise Street Bus Station and will form a transport hub for the city centre redevelopment scheme. The new interchange has also been designed to incorporate the Merseytram project, if and when it happens.
|Buses start arriving on Sunday 13th Nov|
The Paradise Street Interchange, which has been built next to the Merseyside Police Headquarters, includes ten bus stops designed to take up to 20 departures an hour serving ten million people a year.
The station has two sloped stainless steel roofs covering the stops which are screened from the weather by a series of glazed pods. Specially designed automatic doors will open automatically when buses arrive.
Within the interchange there will be seated areas with TV screens displaying Real Time Passenger Information. To prevent disruption a bus layover area is being built within the new QPark car park next to the interchange.
Buses that previously departed from the old bus station serving Garston, Speke, Halewood, Netherley, Runcorn, Bootle, Walton, Fazakerley and Sheil Road will all depart from the new interchange.
|Glass pods provide shelter|
Councillor Mark Dowd, Chair of Merseytravel is enthusiastic about the role of the new interchange saying "Paradise Street Interchange will be the key gateway for accessing the Paradise Project by public transport.
"The Interchange is bright, spacious and has been designed to ensure it is fit for purpose now and in the future. Using cutting edge design and ensuring all aspects are fully accessible to all, we wanted to create a welcoming place, a place where people feel safe and free to enjoy their visit to Liverpool."
A CCTV control centre will keep watch over the interchange with extra security overnight and Merseytravel staff on duty during the day.
The planned Merseytram project will see trams arriving at the interchange every three minutes.