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Photo-a-Day  (Saturday, 30th September, 2017)

Bus station demolition

Bus station demolition

Photo: Mick Byrne  (Panasonic TZ100)
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Comment by: DTease on 30th September 2017 at 00:25

Glad to see the back of it. The new one can only be an improvement.

Comment by: Dostaf on 30th September 2017 at 01:38

Glad that god-awful row of property adjacent to the Tudor House isn't pictured.

Comment by: Gary Leece on 30th September 2017 at 09:13

Good bit of urban reality there, Mick.
After so long away from Wigan I'm having to think carefully where that shot has been taken from.
I read online the old Bolton Moor Lane bus station has gone too.
Few people today realise how far buses used to determine both work and social life.

Comment by: Anne on 30th September 2017 at 09:39

Just like my bus service...gone!

Comment by: Veronica on 30th September 2017 at 10:26

They knock buses off some routes and leave residents without transport apart from perhaps 1 an hour as on Dicconson Lane and Blackrod ( from Westhoughton). The same applies on Wigan Rd from Westhoughton to Hindley - just one an hour! If the bus doesn't turn up - tough! This is happening all over the place and then new bus stations are built!!! ***Can't see the sense in it! At one time from where I live you could go to Chorley and Manchester, as well as Bolton and Wigan.! Not now!

Comment by: Pat McC on 30th September 2017 at 11:26

I live in a very rural area in Wales, and we've just gone onto the winter bus service - three buses a day - 2 days a week - until May next year. So the Wigan bus service is a dream.
My husband went to catch a bus on Thursday morning last week and came back home to say that the next bus was Saturday morning. Oh well, it's all relative I suppose!

Comment by: Helen of Troy on 30th September 2017 at 12:41

Not sure when this photo was taken...is the new, new bus station or the old one that I remember ??

Comment by: . Ozymandias . on 30th September 2017 at 12:45

What a criminal waste of good material though. I could have made good use of some of that stuff had they given me a couple of days notice. But they smashed it all down in the space of 48 hours, and it isn't as though the value of scrap metal is particularly high at the moment either. Same when they cleared the rhododendrons out of the plantations. I could have saved them a lot of work if they'd have just given me a bit of time and allowed me to take the wood, but oh no, let's waste a shedload of money on labour and just burn the stuff where it is lies. Cretins.

Comment by: DTease on 30th September 2017 at 12:50

Do we really need a new Bus Station in Wigan? Let's face it, nobody goes to Wigan to shop these days do they?

Comment by: . Ozymandias . on 30th September 2017 at 13:22

You wouldn't care to move into my Anderson shelter for a day or two would you DTease? Just until Veronica's fury subsides say?

Comment by: Maureen on 30th September 2017 at 13:45

What a total waste of money and as Ozy says,why not apply notice boards to offer any of the materials to anyone who could use them..no sense to any of it.

Comment by: Cyril on 30th September 2017 at 13:47

remember the last time you took a photo on there mick - this time you didn't get thrown off the security fencing has kept you off, otherwise a bike would be leant against that yellow post or grit bin.

Exactly DTease, with the number of Wigan folks who go on the train or bus to Bolton and then use the tram to go to Bury, GMPTE should build a Park & Ride service here for passengers to these towns.

Comment by: Anne on 30th September 2017 at 14:51

So right about shopping in Wigan. I want a particular shade of curtain lining. Nowhere in Wigan, not even fabric of any kind. Off I go to Bolton.

Comment by: Veronica on 30th September 2017 at 14:53

Its the elderly people who I feel sorry for who can't rely on buses if they live out of the way! It's some use having a bus pass. One journey I liked to go on was from Bolton to Ramsbottom - that bus was one every hour and has now been discontinued. What's the use of a new bus station in that case.

Comment by: DTease on 30th September 2017 at 15:02

Good grief Ozy! can you imagine being a Bus Driver and turning up late only to find Veronica waiting at the Bus Stop with steam coming out of her ears! Sca-a-a-ry.

Comment by: Alan on 30th September 2017 at 17:58

The Clan's back!!!

Comment by: . Ozymandias . on 30th September 2017 at 18:27

The new Bolton bus and rail interchange opened earlier this month. I've seen it and It's quite impressive. But then, at a cost of 48 million, it ought to be. Still, they're talking about shelling out 61 million just to keep Big Ben ticking.
Just think though, step off a bus, walk 100 yards under cover, then step onto a train, how brilliant is that?, Then look at Wigan. Get off the bus at the Galleries, then walk half a mile in the rain to either one of the train stations.
Now consider Bolton's Macron stadium. Motorway and rail links almost up to the turnstiles, then compare that with the DW stadium. A mile and a half from the nearest motorway junction, and a good half mile from the nearest railway station, and in an area that's notorious for flooding to boot.
Am I missing something, or is there a pattern emerging here?

Comment by: Julie on 30th September 2017 at 21:21

Yes you are Ozy! Get off the form of travel you were born from. Leave the house that gave you bread. Wake up to the coldness , the one word we always try to reject. It starts with unfortunately but always ends with reality . The modern will always win. This upsets me , just as much as anyone on WW

Comment by: Anne on 30th September 2017 at 21:22

Pat McC.... I envy you your bus service. I don't live in a rural area and have one bus early in the morning from town to the college, one late afternoon back again. Nothing at weekend and nothing during all college holidays. No wonder shopping in Wigan is a no,no.

Comment by: Pat McC on 30th September 2017 at 22:02

Yes Anne you're right. there's always someone having to cope in less convenient circumstances than ourselves. Nice to have a winge sometimes!!,

Comment by: . Ozymandias . on 30th September 2017 at 22:05

An occasional glass of Chardonnay is considered by many to be beneficial to ones well being. Two full bottles at one sitting however is considered by most to be detrimental to ones credibility.

Comment by: Veronica on 1st October 2017 at 08:29

Dtease: strangely enough only the other day,steam was issuing forth from my ears after waiting 25 minutes! When I asked the Polish driver where had he been the stock answer was "Ve haff been broken down Madam". I settled down for a bumpy ride and wasn't disappointed I can tell you-my head nearly hitting the roof at one point. I just about arrived in one piece -funnily enough the bus is referred to as 'The Hospital bus' the terminus being Blackrod/Royal Bolton Hospital!

Comment by: Arthur Lee on 10th October 2017 at 12:00

I used to get the train from manchester to my old town of Wigan to have a look at Trenchefield mill Wigan park. With the Bus Station I could get the Bus to Chorley there was a good music shop there.There are some good pubs in Wigan,which is cheap and were some Ex Wigan rugby players go in, someone mentioned on the 30th sept about Big Ben costing 48million to do up unfortunatelly it was costing 480million,but with london it has doubled to over 800million to do up

Comment by: Lynne on 12th January 2018 at 19:37

Wigan may have a good bus service, but its very poor value for money. It's actually cheaper to travel the short distance from Ince to Wigan on the train. Much quicker too! The same doesn't apply when travelling by train over long distances. That costs an arm and a leg!

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