The Anonymous Widower

Preston Bus Station

Preston Bus Station is a classic 1960s building in a brutalist style. I decided to visit, when I heard about the rows raging around the building as I discussed here.

The council has a problem in that the building needs a lot of repairs and have proposed its demolition.  But there is a heritage lobby opposed to this and so the row is set to continue. The building has now been given a Grade 2 listing.

I quite liked the building and it does seem to my untutored eye that it does need a bit of work to be done.

But you can’t help but think that the building has problems that refurbishment won’t solve.

If you take the best train-bus interfaces in the country like Barnsley, Canning Town and now Kings Cross, the bus station at Preston is not in the right place for those arriving in the city by train. It’s akin to expecting passengers arriving at Kings Cross to walk to Euston to get a bus.  They wouldn’t and I suspect in Preston they don’t!

So I come to the reluctant conclusion, that the bus station should be knocked down, despite the fact I like the building a lot.

The only way to save it, would be to create an innovative solution perhaps using a free bus that connects the rail and bus stations via the main shopping street.

But I suspect that has been looked at and discarded.

Incidentally, I wasn’t the only visitor interested in the bus station.  There were perhaps three others photographing the building.

October 1, 2013 - Posted by | Transport/Travel, World | , ,


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  3. As I said in an earlier post, things in Preston dont seem to be in the right place in relation to each other. The railway station was ideally situated for the huge factories which were close by, but have all gone now, suspect no land to build bus station near to it in 60s, factories where still running at capacity. As you say, there should be a way to keep the bus station but make travel more effective.

    Comment by nosnikrapzil | October 2, 2013 | Reply

    • I also think in London and possibly Liverpool and a few other big cities, buses are not the preserve of those on limited budgets, so the bus network gets fully used and interfacing with trains and in London’s case the Underground is given a high priority. But I’ve heard people from up North say that only losers use buses. Often in London, real Londoners use the buses in preference to the Underground, as it’s often more direct.

      Comment by AnonW | October 2, 2013 | Reply

  4. When we lived in Kent, we always used buses when we visited London, partly because I didnt like taking little children on the tube, but also so that we could look at the sights as we travelled.

    Comment by nosnikrapzil | October 2, 2013 | Reply

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