Wolverhampton bus station

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Wolverhampton Bus interchange
Location
Locale Pipers Row, Horseley Fields, Wolverhampton
Local authority City of Wolverhampton
Coordinates 52°35′10″N 2°07′19″W / 52.586°N 2.122°W / 52.586; -2.122Coordinates: 52°35′10″N 2°07′19″W / 52.586°N 2.122°W / 52.586; -2.122
Operation
Managed by Network West Midlands
No. of stands 19 as of 2011
Operators National Express West Midlands, Arriva Midlands, Diamond Bus, Travel Express
Travel centre Yes
Rail connection Wolverhampton railway station and Wolverhampton St George's tram stop

Wolverhampton Bus Station is a bus interchange in the city centre of Wolverhampton, in the West Midlands region of England.
It is managed by Centro. Local bus services operated by various companies serve the bus station which has 19 departure stands and 1 unloading stand. The bus station is located halfway between Wolverhampton, St George's Midland Metro tram terminus and Wolverhampton railway station; both are just a short walk away. It also features glass enclosed waiting areas and electronic doors, allowing passengers out of designated pedestrian areas, only when buses are on stand. Uniquely, the designs for the station have meant that there is no need for buses and pedestrians paths to cross, due to the 'W' shape of the station.

Rebuilding[edit]

The station, which had existed since 1986, was closed after service finished on 3rd April 2010. Building work took place during the ensuing months, in which a new pedestrian bridge linking the train and bus stations was built, a contraflow system installed along the ring road and the bus station rebuilt. The station re-opened on 24 July 2011, which coincided with the Wolverhampton bus network review and marked the end of Phase One of the project. Phase Two includes improvements to the railway station, a new hotel, and redevelopment of the canalside area, but a date for this has yet to be finalized.

When the list of buses serving the station was revealed it was met with consternation by many local residents, businesses and councillors when they discovered that many of the regular services would no longer serve the bus station. This was due to the bus network review which saw many services merged to create new cross-city services that would not divert to serve the station. Consequently, only two-thirds of bus services using the city centre now serve the new station.

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