8th April 2019
A planning application has been submitted for the construction of a new state-of-the-art bus depot on Dallam Lane in Warrington. If passed, the new depot would replace the existing operation on Wilderspool Causeway, which is run by Warrington’s Own Buses, the council-owned bus company.
The move will enable the company to expand its modern fleet and recruit more drivers and technical staff. The new depot will have room for twenty further buses, taking the fleet to 140.
“This is a vital next step in ensuring the town has the most efficient and technically-advanced fleet possible,” said Ben Wakerley, Warrington’s Own Buses managing director. “It will enable us to improve conditions for our hard-working colleagues and ensure that we can continue to improve the service for our passengers.”
The applicant, Wire Regeneration, is a joint venture between Warrington Borough Council and developer Langtree that has been tasked with bringing about the wholesale regeneration of the town’s Southern Gateway.
The first project in its wider masterplan, the construction of 160 new homes on the site of Warrington RLFC’s former Wilderspool stadium, was recently granted planning permission. This latest move, says Langtree group development director Neal Biddle, is the next major step in our masterplan. The relocation of the bus depot will free up a key site for delivering the masterplan.
“This is a key site within our masterplan and if permission is granted for the new depot will allow us to bring forward proposals for major civic space and more homes.”
If planning permission is granted the new depot would be complete and operational by the summer of 2021.