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Preston Bus Station: Keep it or Destroy it?

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phillm

Trolling through Life (TM)
I prefered the old bus station that was demolished to create Fine Fare and the Guild Hall if I remember it rightly. The rubber floor was always filthy and full of gum and the place smelled of piss. And back in 1972 or whenever it was built the sign that spanned the entrance was runoured to cosy an eye-watering 1000 quid which seemed like terrible excess at the time. And having spent the last 35 years doon south I can't beleive how much bus fares cost and how unintegrated the whole thing is. Long Live TFL. If I miss anything it would be fond memories of Saul St Baths and the Public Hall.
 

phillm

Trolling through Life (TM)
urban poll relflects the wishes of the people of Preston - 80% in favour of keeping it apparently -

I think it is a distinctive building - but have never been to Preston, and I'm unlikely to go, unless I meet and fall in love with someone from Preston and get divorced and move up there to be with her
I was born and grew up there - couldn't wait to leave. Though have family back there and like it a lot more now. People are genuinely friendly and nice. Prefer Blackpool though.
Preston train station is quite nice too.
It is indeed and there is a secret railway tunnel under the town - which I explored many a time as a callow yooth.

Haunted Miley Tunnel
 

Teaboy

It definitely looks brighter over there..
The refurb is almost finished, and on the whole looks great - very sympathetic to the original building, re-use of materials etc. I took a few pics yesterday - they're here: Preston Bus Station
I'm not going to say I like it because I'm just not a fan of brutalism. That being said I'm glad it still exists and is being looked after, stuff like this is an important part or our architectural history.
 

Sweet FA

✪ Three rounds Lord, in my .44 ✪
The refurb is almost finished, and on the whole looks great - very sympathetic to the original building, re-use of materials etc. I took a few pics yesterday - they're here: Preston Bus Station
An old friend of mine; born, bred and still based in Preston has been taking photos in the town forever. He's very happy with the station - less so with some bollard madness in town that I can't quite figure out.


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The posters were inspired/nicked from Lost Destination: Preston Bus Station
 

killer b

Minimum Waste / Maximum Joy
The bollard madness is part of the recent shared space development in the city centre - while IMO the shared space works well, there is a junction which has some issues, chief among them an ornamental bollard in the middle of it which regularly gets knocked over and rolled down the road.

Some wag has started a twitter feed for it...

Fishergate Bollard (@FishergateBllrd) on Twitter
 

Sweet FA

✪ Three rounds Lord, in my .44 ✪
Is it a raising bollard? I'm sure he's posted pictures of cars stuck on it. His latest suggests he thinks it's a lost cause....

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killer b

Minimum Waste / Maximum Joy
No, it's a circular stone thing - it's quite substantial, but also quite low so presumably easy to miss from a car if you aren't really paying attention.

The twitter feed suggests it's now been permanently removed anyway...
 

killer b

Minimum Waste / Maximum Joy
(I'm actually quite surprised it's taken so long - it's been there a couple of years, and has probably been knocked off it's plinth every other week in that time)
 

8ball

Hetero Sapiens
Minority opinion possibly: I think the station looks great, and that we should definitely blow it up.
 

killer b

Minimum Waste / Maximum Joy
In Preston Bus Station's case it was a Westminster decision (by Ed Vaizey, then minister for culture) that saved it tbf.
 
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