For this prestigious £13.5m scheme, we acted as lead designer for the highways, civil engineering, public realm and both structural and M&E engineering. The new station is an integral part of the ‘Connecting Leicester’ vision and will dramatically improve bus services alongside revitalising a run-down part of the city.
We were appointed by the City Council following our involvement in the award winning re-development of Leicester’s city centre pedestrian zone. The regeneration we achieved there was continued in the delivery of this complex project to integrate a new bus interchange with highway upgrades, provision for taxi ranks and blue badge parking and significant improvements to the public realm.
The new bus station provides a 23 stand Drive-In Reverse-Out (DIRO) facility, in place of the old 12 stand drive-through, and serves up to 130 departures per hour. A new concourse replaces the on-street bus shelters which, with the high quality upgrading of surfacing and street furniture in the public realm around the station, provides significant improvements to passenger comfort and safety.
To ensure efficient bus operations, we prepared complex VISSIM models to demonstrate both the DIRO facility and the adjacent traffic signal network. This included bus schedules and stand allocations, the impact of random service delays and the operational rules regarding bus lay-overs, passenger drop-offs and give-way behaviour within the interchange.
Key to our successful delivery of this flagship project was early engagement with interested stakeholders to make sure their needs and desires were fully understood from the outset. We worked closely with neighbouring businesses and residents, naturally concerned about the impact of the new facility, and developed a phased approach to the works in order to minimise disruption during construction.