Artist’s impressions showing the planned new designs for Walsall St Paul’s bus station have been released by Transport for West Midlands (TfWM).
Transport bosses plan to use new branding – introduced on public transport across the West Midlands last summer – to give St Paul’s a facelift.
Improvement work costing £680,000 has been underway to improve the station over the past few months.
Operations manager Andy Thrupp said: “We’re investing more than £3bn in public transport over the next 10 years to create closer connections between our communities, better connecting people to jobs, training, education and leisure pursuits.
“Work is currently underway at Walsall St Paul’s to create a brighter, more pleasant station for passengers. We’ve installed real-time information screens, new cycling facilities, LED lighting and we’re refurbishing the toilets.
“We’ll also be giving the station a facelift, using the new West Midlands transport branding to create a striking, recognisable station that the people of Walsall can be proud of.”
So far, work completed at St Paul’s includes:
- A new drivers’ rest area in the facilities building
- LED lighting upgrades
- Additional CCTV cameras
- New cycling facilities installed
- Improvements to customer areas, including the removal of walls and the installation of new seating, litter bins and flooring.
TfWM, part of the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA), is now looking to appoint a contractor to carry out painting and wrapping work for the new station designs.
And in the coming weeks, TfWM intends to complete the following work:
- Introducing real-time information screens - only two more need to be installed, and this should be done by the end of March.
- Wayfinding throughout the station will be reviewed, along with looking into multi-modal transport information (displaying train times alongside bus timetables).
- Public toilet refurbishment – the toilets are closed at the moment, but will be refurbished and reopened in around three weeks. Signposting is in place to help passengers find alternative facilities.