But First : Yesterday's Answers
Tuesday, 4 January 2022
Another Christmas Book - The Review
1. Derby (Moorledge) - now rebuilt
2. Broad Marsh Nottingham
3. Broad Marsh Notttingham - Mark 2
5. Buchanan Street Glasgow - replaced by "Buchanan"
6. Bedford - now rebuilt
7. Dundee - now rebuilt
8. Gloucester Green, Oxford : now rebuilt
9. Loughborough - gone
10. Portsmouth (The Hard) - now rebuilt
11. Golders Green
12. Northampton Derngate - replaced twice!
13. Bradford - now rebuilt
14. Shanklin - now on-street stands
15.Bolton - now rebuilt
Now, The Book : fbb's Christmas Present
This book is not a complete set. It provides a good selection of bus stations in England, Scotland and Wales that illustrate how varied the genre was. There is no mention of either Derngate in Northampton or its replacement, Greyfriars, now also demolished.
Development since the eighties are not covered, hence there is nothing about Nottingham's Broad Marsh Mark 3 which currently looks a bit like this:-
The book has no maps, leaving the reader to open up Google Maps or Street Map and search for where these facilities once were. Thanks to the vast amount of information available on-line, this investigation can be a pleasurable, sometimes a frustrating task. Here is a corner of the original Airdrie bus station ...
The trend in recent years is to remove bus stations and sell the site for development. Where new bus stations have been built, almost always by local authorities as bus companies no longer consider the expense of providing comfort for their waiting passengers worth the reductions in "bottom line" profits. Where new bus stations have been built they are usually smaller than their predecessors.
Many of the stations in this book were owned by the company. Here is East Yorkshire at Bridlington ...
By far the most fascinating picture, for fbb, is of this "bus station".
Bus Stations in Britain by Kevin McCormack is published by Capital Transport at a whopping but stimulating £30.
Tomorrow we go on a train ride.
Next Red Arrow blog : Wednesday 5th January