Short-term improvements

The short-term improvements to the Birmingham Road site got underway in January 2020. They will improve the look and feel of the area, as well as prepare it for later development, and provide a better route into the city from the train and bus stations.

We have appointed The Coleman Group to carry out the works. This is where they have got up to:

  • Compound & site set up: Fencing went has gone up and the site compound has been set up. A tree next to the former police station was pruned to protect it.
  • Bus station toilets: The bus station toilets were closed and replaced with two temporary unisex toilets and a disabled toilet. These temporary toilets will be replaced by longer-term facilities.
  • Police station demolished: The former police station interior fittings were taken out and the building was demolished and the rubble/waste has been recycled.
  • Bus station improvements: The bus station has been re-surfaced and the bus stops will be refreshed and new street furniture such as benches and bins installed. The bus station is remaining open throughout the works.
  • Bus station buildings and footpath: The bus station buildings and toilets have been demolished. The footpath, which leads from Frog Lane to the bus station, is closed and a temporary diversion is in place.
  • Closure of bus station car park: The 50-space bus station car park is now closed. This area is being used coach parking. Bus station car park season tickets can be used at any council run long-stay car park in the city until the new car park is open. For nearby car parks see our city centre car park map
  • New temporary car park: Following the demolition of the police station, the replacement 56-space long-stay car park, footpaths and street furniture will be installed on the grounds of the police station.
  • Landscaping: The former sites of the police station and bus station buildings will be landscaped.

The works are a step towards improving the Birmingham Road site, while our long-term masterplan is completed, which will shape the future growth of Lichfield city centre.

COVID-19 impact

We had hoped the project would be completed in the spring, but the coronavirus outbreak has meant the work was put on hold in March 2020, which will impact the completion date. However, work has resumed and we expect it to be completed in the summer.

Our timeframe

  • July 2019 – planning application approved Lichfield District Council’s Planning Committee, subject to conditions. View the planning application.
  • September 2019 – contractors appointed to carry out temporary works. Find out more.
  • January 2020 – improvement work started on site.
  • Summer 2020 – improvement works complete.