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From the local (Stoke-on-Trent) press:-
New flagship bus station or a new Ceramica? If this is the start of Hanley's regeneration, God help us. One hundred and twenty buses going through it every hour? In your dreams, Stoke-on-Trent City Council. Buses are lining up to get into it because it's a lot smaller than the other one. Ask the drivers who are trying to use it? it would have been a good idea if you had asked them in the first place, before building it.
They did ask the drivers who told them it was too small - fbb
Hanley bus station is far too small to cope with the amount of traffic trying to use it. The inside of the bus station is too narrow, with not enough seating. People standing around waiting for a bus are obstructing others walking to their stand. Instead of placing the outside lighting system around the roof area, it has been placed on two poles in the centre of the station, causing an obstruction for reversing buses.
The old bus station had separate entry and exit routes but the new station uses John Street, a very narrow road, where buses are now queuing to enter or exit, causing noise and exhaust fumes for people near the Victoria Hall.
As John Street is blocked by waiting buses, the public cannot enter or leave the multi-storey car park to visit the town or the Victoria Hall, so are turning around and going away. This has made John Street car park obsolete, as it is now unusable.
Due to the long wait to get into the bus station, the buses are running 20 to 30 minutes late and drivers are telling passengers they have to get off opposite the Wilkinson store, as that is as far as the bus is going.
My verdict on the new bus station? Not fit for purpose.
fbb's Euopean lorry driving chum, David, e-mailed a couple of photos of Boën Station near St Etienne, near Lyon. These provoked a bit of on-line investigation by fbb resulting in yesterday's bus based blog. (read again). So today we look at the trains.