BUS operator Stagecoach Midlands has moved to a new depot in Warwick.
The move to the £5million purpose built Trident Park depot made way for the development of the firm’s former Station Approach base in Leamington for housing.
The Trident Park depot – built by Deeley Construction, and which saw Stagecoach work in partnership with Warwick District Council, AC Lloyd, and Waterloo Housing – will accommodate 88 buses, 140 drivers and 30 engineering and admin staff.
Over 3million miles will be covered annually by buses operating from the depot – the equivalent of more than six trips to the moon and back.
The new depot is big on environmental credentials with a bus wash that harvests rain water, electric vehicle charging bays for employee cars, intelligent heating, energy efficient internal and external lighting and sustainable materials throughout.
The depot also includes a state-of-the-art engineering department kitted out with six pits.
Stagecoach Midlands managing director Steve Burd said: “We are delighted to announce the opening of the our new Leamington depot, which will provide bus services in Leamington, Warwick and the surrounding areas for many years to come.
“The new facility has been built to high environmental standards and provides much improved engineering facilities.”
“I would like to thank Warwick District Council, Deeley Construction and Waterloo Housing for all their help and assistance in this important transport project”
Warwick District Council welcomed the new depot.
Council project manager Philip Clarke said: “We have been working closely with Stagecoach and its partners over several years to relocate the depot from its previous site.
“This has allowed the area around Leamington station to be regenerated and we are delighted to see that transformation now beginning to take shape. With many new further homes being built to the south of Leamington, Whitnash and Warwick, we believe that the new depot will be well placed to help serve these new communities and the wider area now and into the future.”
The depot was officially opened by Nick Denton, traffic commissioner for the West Midlands.