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New loos at Leeds Bus Station

30 September 2016

Staff at Leeds Bus Station are feeling flushed with success this week with resurfacing work completed and refurbished toilets due to open on Sunday 2 October.

After 16 weeks of temporary stand closures and two weekend closures all 26 bus bays and the bus carriageway, which has been used by over 7 million buses over the past 20 years, has been completely replaced.

Refurbished

In addition, work to improve the public toilets has taken place over the summer and they will open on Sunday. The refurbished facilities will include new fixtures, fittings and vanity units.

To help ensure they can be maintained to the high standards of cleanliness and maintenance passengers expect, a 20p charge to use them will be introduced when they re-open. The turnstiles will accept 5p, 10p and 20p coins are accepted. No change is given but a change machine that accepts 50p, £1 and £2 coins will be installed nearby. The accessible toilet will remain free of charge.

Smoother

Diane Groom, West Yorkshire Combined Authority’s Assistant Director Customer Services said: “I am pleased that we have been able to carry out these much-needed improvements over the summer with minimum inconvenience to bus station users, who are now going to benefit from a smoother ride and smarter toilet facilities.

“I would like to thank customers for bearing with us during the work.

“We will be introducing a small charge to use the toilets, as we did when we refurbished the award-winning Castleford Bus Station. Research shows that this helps deter antisocial behaviour and vandalism and this has been borne out at Castleford.

“The income generated will be used to ensure the facilities are maintained to the high standard our customers quite rightly expect.”

Expanding

During the refurbishment of the toilets, bus station customers have been able to use the public toilets in the adjacent National Express Coach Station where there is also a 30p charge.

The Combined Authority is expanding retail facilities at the Leeds Bus Station, which is close to the new Victoria Gate shopping development and is used by 30,000 people every day. A new tenant will shortly move in to a newly created retail ‘pod’ but anyone interested in running a retail business in the Bus Station should contact Veronika or Lisa in the Combined Authority’s commercial team on 0113 251 7425.

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