Wirral is home to a new kind of bus stop

11 November 2022
A bus pulling up at the new green roof bus shelter in Seacombe

A new bus shelter – with a living green roof – has been installed in Seacombe and is the first of its kind in the city region. 

Part of a pilot project to increase biodiversity and support bees and other pollinators in urban areas, the lush green roof will develop and grow over coming months – and during spring and summer will be home to wildflowers to make it the perfect habitat for these pollinators. 

The bus stop and its living roof, part of a recent major revamp of Seacombe Ferry Terminal, has been installed in partnership with Liverpool City Region Combined Authority and Wirral Council by Clear Channel, who manage bus shelters in the region.

Located outside the newly opened Eureka! Science + Discovery, this green roofed bus shelter is supported by Merseytravel and the attraction itself, with its aims around biodiversity being closely linked with some of the exhibits on wildlife and the environment within the museum.

Designed with expert ecologists, the roof is planted with native wildflowers including kidney vetch, thyme, selfheal and wild marjoram – all known to attract bees, butterflies and other pollinators.

Birds eye view of the bus shelter so that you can see the lush green grass on the roof of the shelter

Nicknamed ‘Bee Bus Stops’, living roofs have been installed in a number of different towns and cities around the country – from Glasgow to Brighton – but this is the first in the Liverpool City Region.

The new living roof hopes to be the first of many across Halton, Knowsley, Liverpool, Wirral, Sefton and St Helens as part of the commitment the Liverpool City Region, and Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram, have made to creating a cleaner, greener city region.

Cllr Liz Grey, Chair Environment, Climate Emergency and Transport Committee at Wirral Council, said:

It’s fantastic to see the first ‘bee bus stop’ in the city region here in Wirral. Not only will the project help attract pollinating insects, it also makes something as practical as a bus shelter into a beautiful feature.

The green roof should become a riot of colours in spring and summer when the plants begin to blossom, making it an attractive place for people, as well as bees and butterflies, to spend time.

Cllr Liz Grey, Chair Environment, Climate Emergency and Transport Committee at Wirral Council

Cllr Liam Robinson, transport portfolio holder for the Liverpool City Region, said: 

In the Liverpool City Region, we are working non-stop on a range of major transport projects to accelerate our transition to net carbon zero by 2040 – whether that’s rolling out new state-of-the-art trains with energy-efficient battery technology or introducing top-spec zero-emission hydrogen buses.

But addressing the climate emergency doesn’t always mean reaching for hi-tech solutions – this ‘living bus stop’, with a mini wildflower meadow on its roof, will help improve the biodiversity of the local area.

It’s just one of the small changes that, taken together, can make a huge difference to air quality and the environment. We’ll be working with partners to explore how we can install many more of these 'living roofs' at shelters across the city region in the months and years to come.

Cllr Liam Robinson, transport portfolio holder for the Liverpool City Region

Will Ramage, Clear Channel’s Managing Director, said:

It makes our world feel a little better knowing our Bee Bus Stops are about to take root in Wirral.

The Liverpool City Region has made a decisive first step by installing this environmentally conscious bus shelter and I’m exceptionally proud that we’re able to play a part in making the city even greener and more sustainable.

Will Ramage, Clear Channel’s Managing Director

Leigh-Anne Stradeski, CEO at Eureka! Science + Discovery, said:

One of our key themes here is nature and the ways in which we can all take action, large or small, to work towards a more sustainable future for ourselves, other species and the planet. 

With this in mind, we think the living bus shelter creates a brilliant indoor-outdoor connection for the thousands of children, young people and families who will visit us in the coming years.

Leigh-Anne Stradeski, CEO at Eureka! Science + Discovery