The Round Oak Steel Works ...
But where others despaired, the Richardsons saw an opportunity. They snapped up the site and claimed that their scheme for one of the country's first giant out-of-town shopping malls and accompanying office complex would eventually employ more than the steel works. They were right. It was a high roll of the dice but when the 1.85m sq ft mall was complete they sold it for a reputed £150m to Mountleigh in 1990. It is now a Westfield centre.
"There was a shortage of trucks at the end of the war," Don says, "and the market kept growing each year, so we got into selling new ones." Don and Roy made a trip down South one day, planning to put in an order for 50 Bedford trucks.
"On the Waterfront Part 1" (read again).
There were even plans to link up with an expanded Midlands Metro tram network. The monorail was officially opened on 1 June 1991. But the actual opening to the public was delayed by Her Majesty's Railway Inspectorate investigating evacuation procedures. After operating for a short while, the monorail was temporarily closed again in 1992, but ran sporadically until 1996.
Ironically, not far from the rotting remains of the Richardsons' Central Station ...
... is another piece of transport history, once closed and rotting but now reopened and in use.
A veritable Public Transport Experience.