Thursday, 11 August 2022
Eastbourne Exclusion Epistle (2)
Yesterday, fbb explored some of the background to public transport in Eastbourne. He looked at (briefly) the railway station and Terminus Road (BLUE), traditional home of the Corporation buses, and, round the corner, the "Central Coach Station" (ORANGE), presumably well used in the past but less so today. He also looked at the two Corporation bus depots, the original on Churchdale Road, later replaced by Birch Road. These are depots., however, with no passenger facilities.
We now move to Southdown (GREEN) which had THREE sites in the town.
Now, fbb is no Southdown expert (shame on him) except as a great admirer of the Company's "panache", so much of what you read below will the the best than can be extracted from a huge amount of "stuff" on line. Sadly the majority of bus enthusiasts are really only interested in the vehicles thus there are very few who indulge in the minutiae of depots and bus stations. (shame on them!)
Royal Parade (map, top right) was the most difficult to resolve. But this photo ...
Well, here is the beach end of Beach Road, which looks right ...
Ergo, the site of Royal Parade Southdown depot!inside the depot ...
Then we move to Cavendish Place. The name is, of course, the family name of the Dukehood of Devonshire, his dukeship being seated at Chatsworth House in Derbyshire ...
Anyway, were you (back then) to drive north along Cavendish Place from the seafront you would soon espy this beauty, seen in pictures after its closure/
fbb guesses that this was Southdown's exclusive coach station, used for long distance express and excursion coach departures. In the picture of coaches (above) there are folk waiting under a rudimentary shelter for their steed, joint working with Midland Red back to Brum - or similar!
Hence the booking office!
Then, just close by, on Pevensey Road, was the Southdown bus station. Back in "the good old days", when companies were proud of their total service to their customers (they even provided printed timetable books, unbelievably!), most towns would boast a bus station, often on the forecourt of the bus garage.
Buses entered from the parallel Langney Road, but fbb has failed totally to work out how they did it as there is no obvious gap!
Something has clearly filled the historic entrance gap - possibly the frontage of the "Cameo" "nite spot". The dome bongs to a (closed?) cinema.
But if we return to Pevensey Road ...
fbb wonders how many Eastbournites, trudging along Pevensey Road with their bags of shopping, would ever know that they are passing a formerly busy bus station - now lost for ever in favour of impersonal streetside shelters elsewhere in the town.
But it is the current arrangements that have aroused the ire of Rodney as he sees increasing difficulty in accessing public transport in the town.
Is he right?
We shall see tomorrow.
Yellow Coaches Snippetthe name Yellow Coaches has been bought by Xelabus and will not be part of the National Express deal.
Ugly - Or What?
"An ugly pregnant tadpole on Botox!
Next Eastbourne blog : Friday 12th August