THE final stage of works are being carried out ahead of the opening of Ellesmere Port's new bus interchange.

Cheshire West and Chester Council has confirmed that the sewer works on Civic Way, at the junction with Wellington Road, will be completed this week.

BT will also be carrying out work towards the end of the week prior to the new bus zone – which features state-of-the-art shelters – coming into operation.

Once the interchange is up and running, work to knock down the remainder of the old town centre bus station can be carried out.

Demolition of the site 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.

The new bus interchange along Civic Way has been constructed as part of the £16m project.

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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.