Warrington is set to receive £5.2m from the government’s “Getting Building Fund” for a “shovel ready” project to construct a new, all electric bus depot in the town.
The proposed electric bus depot on Bewsey Road is one of over 300 successful projects in England to receive a share of the £900 million Getting Building Fund, which was announced by the Prime Minister in June, to invest in shovel-ready housing and infrastructure projects, creating jobs and supporting economic recovery across the country.
The development includes redeveloping the existing Warrington’s Own Buses bus depot on Wilderspool Causeway for town centre housing.
In Warrington, the fund will be used to build a new all Electric Bus Fleet Depot in the town centre. The new depot, on land owned by the Council has already received planning permission and will involve the relocation of Warrington’s Own Buses Depot from its current site to a purpose-built new depot. This is complementary to the recently submitted All Electric Bus Town Expression of Interest which seeks funding towards the extra over costs of making this depot suitable for an all-electric bus fleet powered by electricity generated by the Council’s investments in Solar Farms.