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Preston bus station - 25 May 2019 (P1020179)

Preston bus station - 25 May 2019 (P1020179)
Saturday 25 May 2019 (0844) – Preston bus station, Lancashire.

Preston’s iconic bus station opened in October 1969 and a leaflet published by Ribble Motor Services for the opening said it was the largest bus station in Britain. Originally it had 80 loading stands. Those on the eastern side (which this is) were used by Ribble, its joint operators and by other express service, tour and excursion operators. These stands were numbered 41 to 80 from where this photo was taken but now the numbers run from 1 to 39 in the opposite direction.

The bays on the western side were numbered 1 to 40 and were primarily used by the buses of Preston Corporation Transport (plus Ribble on some joint services they worked with PCT). This part of the bus station is no longer used by buses and is being redeveloped.

The ground level passenger concourse is topped by a multi-storey car park with each deck featuring upturned fluted curves giving the building a most original look. In 2000 the City Council was planning its demolition to create a new city centre development but objections were raised to that plan and the campaigners successfully managed to obtain Grade II listing thus ensuring the building’s future.

Aschi "Freestone", Billathon, ╰☆☆June☆☆╮, Percy Schramm have particularly liked this photo


15 comments - The latest ones
 Jaap van 't Veen
Jaap van 't Veen club
Beautifully captured David.
Have a nice weekend.
2 years ago.
 The Chairman 8
The Chairman 8
So that's the real thing! :-)
2 years ago.
 David Slater (Spoddendale)
David Slater (Spodde… club
It is Richard - but with one more level than the drawing!
2 years ago.
The Chairman 8
has replied to David Slater (Spodde… club
Did they add it later?
2 years ago.
 David Slater (Spoddendale)
David Slater (Spodde… club
Happy weekend to yo too Jaap.
2 years ago.
 Roger (Grisly)
Roger (Grisly) club
Excellent capture and good information
HFF and a great weekend
2 years ago.
 David Slater (Spoddendale)
David Slater (Spodde… club
Thank you Roger. Good weekend to you.
2 years ago.
 David Slater (Spoddendale)
David Slater (Spodde… club
Richard, The drawing was prepared by the bus company as a mere representation. There were always five fluted rows as far as I know. The more modern day additions are the nets more noticeable on the very top level.

This is one of my photographs from 1974 which shows five fluted rows:
www.ipernity.com/doc/davidslater-spoddendale/33946813
2 years ago.
 Christa1004
Christa1004 club
Impressive! HFF David and have a nice weekend.
2 years ago.
 Percy Schramm
Percy Schramm club
Interesting architecture here to see. HFF, David !
2 years ago.
 Gudrun
Gudrun club
Interesting architecture and typical of its time! Belated HFF and a good weekend, David!
2 years ago.
 David Slater (Spoddendale)
David Slater (Spodde… club
Thanks everyone. This was my first HFF subject which I was invited to add to the Group.
2 years ago.
 Billathon
Billathon club
And yet it still looks very futuristic, especially the angle you have photographed it from. I, personally, am a fan of the much derided modern architecture.
2 years ago.
 The Chairman 8
The Chairman 8
:-) Preston Bus Station has made it to page 15 on Exploere, and it's HOT. Not as hot as Halifax Bus Station, which is like a greenhouse in this weather! (-:
2 years ago.
 David Slater (Spoddendale)
David Slater (Spodde… club
I took the photograph from the edge of the ramp where cars enter/exit the car park. Not really a good idea once the day gets busier!
2 years ago.

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