On Saturday, April 29, Stagecoach Midlands moved to a brand new bus depot in Trident Park, Warwick. Its old depot will be demolished to make way for a housing development of Station Approach in Leamington.
The new facility was built by Deeley Construction as a result of partnership working between Warwickshire District Council, AC Lloyd, Waterloo Housing and Stagecoach Midlands. The new £5m site will accommodate 88 buses, 140 drivers and 30 engineering/admin staff.
Over three million miles will be covered annually by buses operating from the depot. Services from the depot will cover cities, towns and villages including Evesham, Redditch, Banbury, Chipping Norton, Southam, and Coventry.
The engineering department of the depot is kitted out with six pits, each featuring emission testing and lubricant hoses, Hywema lifts to raise buses for maintenance and a brake testing area.
The new depot also features a bus wash which harvests’ rain water, electric vehicle charging bays for employee cars, intelligent heating, energy efficient internal and external lighting and sustainable materials throughout.
The depot was officially opened by Nick Denton, Traffic Commissioner for the West Midlands on Friday, April 28.
Stagecoach Midlands Managing Director, Steve Burd, said: “We are delighted to announce the opening of the our new Leamington depot, which will provide bus services in Leamington, Warwick and the surrounding areas for many years to come.
“The new facility has been built to high environmental standards and provides much improved engineering facilities.
“I would like to thank Warwick District Council, Deeley’s Construction and Waterloo Housing for all their help and assistance in this important transport project.”
Philip Clarke, Project Manager, Warwick District Council, said: “Warwick District Council is delighted to see the opening of this new depot for Stagecoach.
“We have been working closely with Stagecoach and its partners over several years to relocate the depot from its previous site. This has allowed the area around Leamington station to be regenerated and we are delighted to see that transformation now beginning to take shape.
“With many new further homes being built to the south of Leamington, Whitnash and Warwick, we believe that the new depot will be well placed to help serve these new communities and the wider area now and into the future.”