WORK to demolish Ellesmere Port bus station is now underway.

Passers-by stood and watched today as the middle row of shelters were flattened and cleared.

Demolition of the bus station will pave the way for a new public services hub due to house more than 500 Cheshire West and Chester Council and Department for Work and Pensions staff.

A new bus zone with state of the art shelters is being constructed along Civic Way as part of the £16m project.

The road was being resurfaced today as work on the new bus zone nears completion.

Once it is in operation, the remainder of the old bus station will be bulldozed.

The existing Ellesmere Port council offices will also eventually be demolished to make way for new housing for 'families and young professionals', according to the council.

Building contractors Vinci Construction UK Limited are carrying out the work on the bus zone and hub on behalf of the local authority, with coronavirus safety measures in place.

The Government’s Local Growth Fund is providing half of the £16m through the Cheshire and Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership.