Prescot bus station upgraded

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Prescot has one of the Liverpool City Region’s busiest bus corridors, which is why the Combined Authority chose the town to be one of the first to benefit from its £32m Green Bus Routes programme that aims to make journeys quicker, cleaner, and better for passengers. New bus shelters and street lighting have been introduced as part of the station’s upgrade to enhance the passenger experience, and improvements have been made to footways and the carriageway within the bus station, along with areas of heritage paving to link the area to surrounding parts of Prescot.

Steve Rotheram, Mayor of the Liverpool City Region said:
“Prescot is on an extraordinary journey of growth and we’re expecting much higher numbers of people from across the North West to be travelling into the town, so it’s really important that we’re investing in the travel infrastructure to make sure it can keep up with increased demand.

“Buses are the backbone of our public transport system – they’re a lifeline for people in Prescot who rely on them to get about every day, which is why we’ve chosen it as the pilot for our new Green Bus Route. This is just the tip of the iceberg – we’ve invested £20m into the town’s wider transformation, helping to breathe new life into a town centre that had seen better days. Thanks to devolution, we’re helping give local people a high street to be proud of again!”

Councillor Tony Brennan, Knowsley’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Economic Development, added: “The transformation of Prescot bus station is the latest in a series of improvements and developments across the town. We’ve seen the major upgrade at Prescot railway station, public realm improvements and the installation of new wayfinding signage which are all making it easier for residents and visitors to travel here and make their way around. The improvements at the bus station reflect its higher profile as the entrance route to the fantastic Shakespeare North Playhouse.”

The Green Bus Routes programme is designed to transform bus journeys by improving punctuality accessibility and air quality, while boosting the local economy. The Authority says that travelling on a ‘green bus route’ will mean that passengers can enjoy faster, smoother, safer and more reliable journeys, achieved via a series of measures including traffic signal upgrades, remodelled junctions, priority lanes and bus stop build outs that will be initially introduced in phases on the region’s busiest bus routes.