Liverpool’s National Express Coach Station is closing on 14th January 2016 after more than two decades at Norton Street.
It is envisaged that the move to Liverpool One Bus Station will provide customers with high-quality facilities including a travel centre delivering multi-journey tickets and customer information, and on-site security.
The UK’s largest coach operator is moving all operations to Liverpool One Bus Station in January following the closure of the Norton Street coach station, which will see the last coach roll out just before midnight on Thursday, 14 January 2016. From Friday, 15 January, all National Express coaches will run to and from Liverpool One.
The move to Liverpool One Bus Station, which is operated by Merseytravel, is seen as an exciting new era for National Express, which has made tens of millions of journeys to and from Liverpool over the past 21 years.
Thanks to Liverpool One Bus Station’s location at the very heart of the city, coach passengers will benefit from closer proximity to amenities – being just a stone’s throw from shops, restaurants, attractions and bars. People will also be able to take advantage of improved onward travel options through integration with the local bus network.
Liverpool One Bus Station will also provide customers with important high-quality facilities including a travel centre delivering multi-journey tickets and customer information, and on-site security. The toilet facilities and waiting room will be open from 5.30am until 11.45pm.
National Express UK Coach Managing Director Tom Stables said: “It’s a new era for National Express in Liverpool and we’re really excited to be moving into the heart of the city with all the benefits that entails for our customers. People are going to benefit from much more rapid access to shops, attractions and facilities. The new location also has much more of a ‘wow factor’ from the moment you step off the coach which is going to be really important for first-time visitors to the city.”
Cllr Liam Robinson, Chair of Merseytravel, said: “It’s fantastic news that National Express have chosen to base themselves at Liverpool One Bus Station and we’re happy to be supporting them in their move there.
“Visitors will be stepping off the coach into the heart of the city and find themselves only a short walk away from the main shopping areas and the world famous waterfront. We hope it will be a real welcome and make them eager to return in the future.”
National Express operates 45 daily services from Liverpool to destinations all over the country including Manchester, Leeds and London.
The twenty-one year old coach station celebrated its 20th anniversary in style last year, when the UK’s largest coach operator arranged for the historic National Express coach – a vehicle that served the city until just before the new station opened in 1994 – to park next to a modern coach to commemorate how far things have moved on in 20 years.