Better Worse (2)
The second bus station (opened in 1964) was a much bigger affair with plenty of room for buses to load an unload (16 stands) and have a snooze between a bout of activity. BUT it was further from the main shops and not well suited for Central station and well away from St David's station.
It soon gained a grand and very obvious sign ...
But more passengers would arrive and depart via Paris Street and a rather uninspiring walkway.
But Exeter City Council wanted to build a brand new shiny bus station. Well, actually, they wanted to make a stronking profit by selling the site for development and somewhat grudgingly accepted that a new bus station would be necessary - in particular necessary to keep the voters happy.
Then the developers pulled out.
With a cerain amoput of financial jiggery pokery, the Council made itself kingpin of the development.
The new bus station fills a little gap (with the emphasis on "little") between the far end of the "old" bus station and Cheeke Street.
The new bus station is, of course, smaller than it should be and even further from the main shopping centre. Built at the far-end of the recently closed buildings, the new facilitiy is obviously even further away from the main shops. This picture from Stagecoach's social media illustrates the location well.