Huyton Bus Station
is the result of close co-operation between architect, engineer and landscape
architect from the inception of the project.
Conceived out of a
collaboration between Merseytravel and Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council
as part of the regeneration and reorganisation of Huyton Village Centre,
the arrangement of the new bus station reduces the need for passengers
to cross busy roads and facilitates bus-bus and bus-train interchange
between stops which were previously widely separated.
The public area of
the ticket / information building is a simple glazed drum maximising visibility.
An upper drum of glass blocks brings light into the heart of the building
and acts as a glowing beacon at night surmounted by an illuminated clock
tower incorporating the Merseytravel M logo.
glazed bus shelters were developed from the highly successful Queen Square
shelters to maximise passenger safety and clarity. Robust barriers of
textured pre-cast concrete and substantial tubular railings have been
integrated with soft landscaping to protect pedestrians from bus traffic
in an effective but non-aggressive way.
Special needs users
have uninhibited level access to all areas of the bus station, which has
been designed to accommodate recent developments in low floor wheelchair-accessible
The established tree
planting around the site has been enriched within the bus station by new
semi-mature trees and dense shrubs softening the visual impact of the
buses and complementing the crisp lines of shelters. Warmth is provided
in the striking red and blue banded paving - a modern echo of the nearby
railway station walls.