£5m Blackburn bus station rises from the rubble

£5m Blackburn bus station rises from the rubble

£5m Blackburn bus station rises from the rubble

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THE skeleton of Blackburn’s £5million new bus station is now appearing.

The beginnings of the superstructure rising from the ruins of the town’s old market will soon be followed by similar steelwork for the new Cathedral Quarter.

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The modernistic glass-fronted bus terminus is the first part to emerge from the building sites and will open early next year.

The first phase of £33million Cathedral Quarter development will include a ‘festival square’ piazza, office block , hotel, restaurant and church buildings complex when it is complete in autumn 2015.

Blackburn with Darwen regeneration boss Maureen Bateson said: “People can now see the first signs of the new town centre rising for the new bus station. More will follow near the cathedral.

“People have been very patient with the disruption but now they will begin to see the results they have been waiting for.”

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3:38pm Mon 18 Aug 14

noddy57 says...

All very well sounding!! with its new location and fancy glass and steel composites but the boulevard would have been and should have been the siting for a new bus station after all it has worked well for over 200 years has it not ?.
All very well sounding!! with its new location and fancy glass and steel composites but the boulevard would have been and should have been the siting for a new bus station after all it has worked well for over 200 years has it not ?. noddy57
  • Score: 66

4:14pm Mon 18 Aug 14

shytalk says...

Fanatastic. Now please move it back o where it was and create an open market where the new bus station is.
Fanatastic. Now please move it back o where it was and create an open market where the new bus station is. shytalk
  • Score: 67

4:18pm Mon 18 Aug 14

ROBERTSLUMDWELLER123 says...

B/Burn is a **** hole so doesn't matter how much money gets thrown at it in the last 30 years the town planners have ruined a once lovely town/city
B/Burn is a **** hole so doesn't matter how much money gets thrown at it in the last 30 years the town planners have ruined a once lovely town/city ROBERTSLUMDWELLER123
  • Score: 38

4:19pm Mon 18 Aug 14

ROBERTSLUMDWELLER123 says...

ROBERTSLUMDWELLER123 wrote:
B/Burn is a **** hole so doesn't matter how much money gets thrown at it in the last 30 years the town planners have ruined a once lovely town/city
PS im from Burnley!!!
[quote][p][bold]ROBERTSLUMDWELLER123[/bold] wrote: B/Burn is a **** hole so doesn't matter how much money gets thrown at it in the last 30 years the town planners have ruined a once lovely town/city[/p][/quote]PS im from Burnley!!! ROBERTSLUMDWELLER123
  • Score: 27

5:12pm Mon 18 Aug 14

abetterblackburn says...

£5m Blackburn bus station rises from the rubble”

Could not have put it better myself. Calling Blackburn ‘Rubble’ could not be further from the truth!

A once proud Labour supported totally disappointed what Jack Straw and New Labour has done to Blackburn!
£5m Blackburn bus station rises from the rubble” Could not have put it better myself. Calling Blackburn ‘Rubble’ could not be further from the truth! A once proud Labour supported totally disappointed what Jack Straw and New Labour has done to Blackburn! abetterblackburn
  • Score: 48

5:43pm Mon 18 Aug 14

greenscreener says...

ROBERTSLUMDWELLER123 wrote:
ROBERTSLUMDWELLER123 wrote:
B/Burn is a **** hole so doesn't matter how much money gets thrown at it in the last 30 years the town planners have ruined a once lovely town/city
PS im from Burnley!!!
Burnley Troll Insults Neighbours Shocker !
[quote][p][bold]ROBERTSLUMDWELLER123[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ROBERTSLUMDWELLER123[/bold] wrote: B/Burn is a **** hole so doesn't matter how much money gets thrown at it in the last 30 years the town planners have ruined a once lovely town/city[/p][/quote]PS im from Burnley!!![/p][/quote]Burnley Troll Insults Neighbours Shocker ! greenscreener
  • Score: -27

5:59pm Mon 18 Aug 14

Noiticer says...

Just a pity those transferring from railway station to bus station will get a soaking on wet days - any thoughts given to a covered walkway between the two stations - I doubt it .
Just a pity those transferring from railway station to bus station will get a soaking on wet days - any thoughts given to a covered walkway between the two stations - I doubt it . Noiticer
  • Score: 46

6:11pm Mon 18 Aug 14

Copperhead says...

I like buses, I really do.
I used to drive them before I retired and travel extensively by bus now I'm a pensioner.
But why is it that bus stations always end up feeling like a giant public toilet and travel by bus has none of the glamour and excitement of main line train journeys ?
I like buses, I really do. I used to drive them before I retired and travel extensively by bus now I'm a pensioner. But why is it that bus stations always end up feeling like a giant public toilet and travel by bus has none of the glamour and excitement of main line train journeys ? Copperhead
  • Score: 44

6:35pm Mon 18 Aug 14

shirtbox says...

cant wait to see the shambles once completed,no thought or brains gone into this debacle couldn't organise a bbq. just more millions wasted as per normal.
cant wait to see the shambles once completed,no thought or brains gone into this debacle couldn't organise a bbq. just more millions wasted as per normal. shirtbox
  • Score: 32

7:13pm Mon 18 Aug 14

ConcernedOssy says...

shirtbox wrote:
cant wait to see the shambles once completed,no thought or brains gone into this debacle couldn't organise a bbq. just more millions wasted as per normal.
Didn't know they had renamed it to "The Shambles" Always thought there was one in York. Maybe "The Debacle" is more fitting. or perhaps "Covent Garden" LOL
[quote][p][bold]shirtbox[/bold] wrote: cant wait to see the shambles once completed,no thought or brains gone into this debacle couldn't organise a bbq. just more millions wasted as per normal.[/p][/quote]Didn't know they had renamed it to "The Shambles" Always thought there was one in York. Maybe "The Debacle" is more fitting. or perhaps "Covent Garden" LOL ConcernedOssy
  • Score: 26

7:14pm Mon 18 Aug 14

blackburne67 says...

It will be lovely when its all complete, more resturants & some decent higher end high st shops wouldn't go amiss though & maybe some of the locals with a more discerning taste will spend the day shopping locally as well as pulling in other likewise customers from nearby towns.Resturants need to be of a higher standard as well.They dont have to be top notch but somewhere in the middle I.E Cafe Rouge, Carluccio's aren't that bad as far as chains go. :)))
It will be lovely when its all complete, more resturants & some decent higher end high st shops wouldn't go amiss though & maybe some of the locals with a more discerning taste will spend the day shopping locally as well as pulling in other likewise customers from nearby towns.Resturants need to be of a higher standard as well.They dont have to be top notch but somewhere in the middle I.E Cafe Rouge, Carluccio's aren't that bad as far as chains go. :))) blackburne67
  • Score: -19

9:53pm Mon 18 Aug 14

bow1974 says...

No matter what they spend on blackburn it will still be pound\charity\kebab shop capitol of the northwest somebody is laughing all the way to the bank planning this s@t hole mind you dont trip over the beggers on the way there.
No matter what they spend on blackburn it will still be pound\charity\kebab shop capitol of the northwest somebody is laughing all the way to the bank planning this s@t hole mind you dont trip over the beggers on the way there. bow1974
  • Score: 25

1:10am Tue 19 Aug 14

Newradder says...

noddy57 wrote:
All very well sounding!! with its new location and fancy glass and steel composites but the boulevard would have been and should have been the siting for a new bus station after all it has worked well for over 200 years has it not ?.
There was a bus station on the Boulevard in 1814, news to me! The railway station wasn't built until 1846. horse buses began operating on the Preston New Road in around 1870

Where are all these people catching buses to catch a train, most people using the buses to get into Blackburn want to access the shops, bingo, job centre all surrounding the new bus station. It looks like the perfect place to me.
[quote][p][bold]noddy57[/bold] wrote: All very well sounding!! with its new location and fancy glass and steel composites but the boulevard would have been and should have been the siting for a new bus station after all it has worked well for over 200 years has it not ?.[/p][/quote]There was a bus station on the Boulevard in 1814, news to me! The railway station wasn't built until 1846. horse buses began operating on the Preston New Road in around 1870 Where are all these people catching buses to catch a train, most people using the buses to get into Blackburn want to access the shops, bingo, job centre all surrounding the new bus station. It looks like the perfect place to me. Newradder
  • Score: 9

9:10am Tue 19 Aug 14

Venomp says...

I personally prefer it, it's redevelopment. Looking at other town's like Accrington the bus station should be relocated as Hyndburn council mentioned it's near the railway station as the current location has some distance.
I personally prefer it, it's redevelopment. Looking at other town's like Accrington the bus station should be relocated as Hyndburn council mentioned it's near the railway station as the current location has some distance. Venomp
  • Score: 5

9:57am Tue 19 Aug 14

GracesDad says...

The problem with Blackburn is the population. They don't want to go out in the evenings, they would rather buy some alcohol and park their backsides in front of the telly for the soaps during the week.

I lived in London for three years and after a days work, there was always some kind of get-together going on with colleagues. Then I would have a long weekend up north and realise what a miserable lifestyle we all lead in comparisson.

No point in bringing some decent restaurants and pubs to the area as it's only the alcys that frequent them during the week.
The problem with Blackburn is the population. They don't want to go out in the evenings, they would rather buy some alcohol and park their backsides in front of the telly for the soaps during the week. I lived in London for three years and after a days work, there was always some kind of get-together going on with colleagues. Then I would have a long weekend up north and realise what a miserable lifestyle we all lead in comparisson. No point in bringing some decent restaurants and pubs to the area as it's only the alcys that frequent them during the week. GracesDad
  • Score: 11

10:25am Tue 19 Aug 14

BlackburnBadger says...

The negativity never fails to amaze me on these forums. But a logical thought to those who are banging on about the old and new bus stations saying it should be on the boulevard. Firstly it's not like Preston where the bus station is going to be across town, it's moving 100 yards down the road and you'll be able to see it with an interchange and bus stops leading down from it. The main point though is that the old boulevard is owned by the Church Of England not the Council therefore they have been paying rent on the old boulevard which they don't have to do on the old market site as they own it, therefore saving money, as well creating jobs and earning business rates from the new development on the old boulevard.
The negativity never fails to amaze me on these forums. But a logical thought to those who are banging on about the old and new bus stations saying it should be on the boulevard. Firstly it's not like Preston where the bus station is going to be across town, it's moving 100 yards down the road and you'll be able to see it with an interchange and bus stops leading down from it. The main point though is that the old boulevard is owned by the Church Of England not the Council therefore they have been paying rent on the old boulevard which they don't have to do on the old market site as they own it, therefore saving money, as well creating jobs and earning business rates from the new development on the old boulevard. BlackburnBadger
  • Score: 8

10:44am Tue 19 Aug 14

jimpy0 says...

GracesDad wrote:
The problem with Blackburn is the population. They don't want to go out in the evenings, they would rather buy some alcohol and park their backsides in front of the telly for the soaps during the week.

I lived in London for three years and after a days work, there was always some kind of get-together going on with colleagues. Then I would have a long weekend up north and realise what a miserable lifestyle we all lead in comparisson.

No point in bringing some decent restaurants and pubs to the area as it's only the alcys that frequent them during the week.
People are too scared to go out at night, marauding gangs of scum, drunks druggies, its far safer to stay in with a few cans.
[quote][p][bold]GracesDad[/bold] wrote: The problem with Blackburn is the population. They don't want to go out in the evenings, they would rather buy some alcohol and park their backsides in front of the telly for the soaps during the week. I lived in London for three years and after a days work, there was always some kind of get-together going on with colleagues. Then I would have a long weekend up north and realise what a miserable lifestyle we all lead in comparisson. No point in bringing some decent restaurants and pubs to the area as it's only the alcys that frequent them during the week.[/p][/quote]People are too scared to go out at night, marauding gangs of scum, drunks druggies, its far safer to stay in with a few cans. jimpy0
  • Score: 15

10:57am Tue 19 Aug 14

GracesDad says...

jimpy0 wrote:
GracesDad wrote:
The problem with Blackburn is the population. They don't want to go out in the evenings, they would rather buy some alcohol and park their backsides in front of the telly for the soaps during the week.

I lived in London for three years and after a days work, there was always some kind of get-together going on with colleagues. Then I would have a long weekend up north and realise what a miserable lifestyle we all lead in comparisson.

No point in bringing some decent restaurants and pubs to the area as it's only the alcys that frequent them during the week.
People are too scared to go out at night, marauding gangs of scum, drunks druggies, its far safer to stay in with a few cans.
So then it becomes a catch 22 situation.

Decent establishments will never succeed so we end up with dumps that cater for the folk who carry enough money to get wasted drinking cheap happy hour deals. So decent folk don't bother going out as they fear the dreggs of society.

It's a vicious circle that means Blackburn town centre has no vibrancy in the evenings and it's not likely to change anytime soon. Proves there's no need for quality nightlife.
[quote][p][bold]jimpy0[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]GracesDad[/bold] wrote: The problem with Blackburn is the population. They don't want to go out in the evenings, they would rather buy some alcohol and park their backsides in front of the telly for the soaps during the week. I lived in London for three years and after a days work, there was always some kind of get-together going on with colleagues. Then I would have a long weekend up north and realise what a miserable lifestyle we all lead in comparisson. No point in bringing some decent restaurants and pubs to the area as it's only the alcys that frequent them during the week.[/p][/quote]People are too scared to go out at night, marauding gangs of scum, drunks druggies, its far safer to stay in with a few cans.[/p][/quote]So then it becomes a catch 22 situation. Decent establishments will never succeed so we end up with dumps that cater for the folk who carry enough money to get wasted drinking cheap happy hour deals. So decent folk don't bother going out as they fear the dreggs of society. It's a vicious circle that means Blackburn town centre has no vibrancy in the evenings and it's not likely to change anytime soon. Proves there's no need for quality nightlife. GracesDad
  • Score: 19

3:29pm Tue 19 Aug 14

Malthus says...

greenscreener wrote:
ROBERTSLUMDWELLER123 wrote:
ROBERTSLUMDWELLER123 wrote:
B/Burn is a **** hole so doesn't matter how much money gets thrown at it in the last 30 years the town planners have ruined a once lovely town/city
PS im from Burnley!!!
Burnley Troll Insults Neighbours Shocker !
Greeenscreener, did you not read the post? It is my interpretation that ROBERTSLUMDWELLER123 is actually trying to point out how the town has been destroyed by town planners who have little or no idea about how their scheme's are ripping the heart of the community. I mean, why would a "Burnley Troll" refer to Blackburn as "a once lovely town/city" if they were actively trying to criticise the town. Sometimes I get so irritated when it appears that people do not take the time to read the articles or the subsequent posts. Finally we should also not forget that the church itself has had a massive part to play in the destruction of the Blackburn Town Centre that we all knew and loved. Perhaps if those who should be entrusted with rejuvenating Blackburn were to look into the current success of Darwen and how as a town it has reinvented itself via the hardwork of those who have sought to change a mediocre town into what has now become a hub for live music then Blackburn may have a chance at becoming a fun night out again. Sadly, however, I cannot see this happen until a similar group of dedicated people, with a love of live music come together and make things happen, just as it has been done in Darwen. Unfortunately, I cannot see this happening, instead all I envisage is the further decline in what was once a vibrant town that now appears to be closed after 9pm in the evening; as a venue for a night out Blackburn is now in it's death throes.
[quote][p][bold]greenscreener[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ROBERTSLUMDWELLER123[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ROBERTSLUMDWELLER123[/bold] wrote: B/Burn is a **** hole so doesn't matter how much money gets thrown at it in the last 30 years the town planners have ruined a once lovely town/city[/p][/quote]PS im from Burnley!!![/p][/quote]Burnley Troll Insults Neighbours Shocker ![/p][/quote]Greeenscreener, did you not read the post? It is my interpretation that ROBERTSLUMDWELLER123 is actually trying to point out how the town has been destroyed by town planners who have little or no idea about how their scheme's are ripping the heart of the community. I mean, why would a "Burnley Troll" refer to Blackburn as "a once lovely town/city" if they were actively trying to criticise the town. Sometimes I get so irritated when it appears that people do not take the time to read the articles or the subsequent posts. Finally we should also not forget that the church itself has had a massive part to play in the destruction of the Blackburn Town Centre that we all knew and loved. Perhaps if those who should be entrusted with rejuvenating Blackburn were to look into the current success of Darwen and how as a town it has reinvented itself via the hardwork of those who have sought to change a mediocre town into what has now become a hub for live music then Blackburn may have a chance at becoming a fun night out again. Sadly, however, I cannot see this happen until a similar group of dedicated people, with a love of live music come together and make things happen, just as it has been done in Darwen. Unfortunately, I cannot see this happening, instead all I envisage is the further decline in what was once a vibrant town that now appears to be closed after 9pm in the evening; as a venue for a night out Blackburn is now in it's death throes. Malthus
  • Score: 16

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