Trivia. Largest place without a bus station

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Which is the largest town or city in the UK that doesn't have a purpose built bus station. Roadside stops spread out round the centre do not count. I would say probably York but can anyone think of anywhere larger?
 
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Birmingham hasn't had a central bus station since the old Bull Ring Bus Station closed in the 1990s (I'm sure someone here knows the exact year).
The National Express Coach station at Digbeth is exactly that-a coach station.
 

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Not as large as Birmingham of course but Cardiff hasn't since the old one outside Central Station was demolished in favour of a new building for the BBC. A new one is, at last, under construction though.
 

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I believe both Southampton and Bournemouth, both substantial places, have been without a bus station for over 30 years
 

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We had a similar thread not too long ago:
 

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Not a large place at all but on visiting the Wordsworth museum in Cockermouth this week I was told that the grand Georgian house where William Wordsworth was born was once under threat because Cumberland (the bus company) wanted to build a bus station there. I was the only one present who seemed to think that might have been a good idea!
 

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I think Ashbourne and Burton-upon-Trent do not have one. Loughborough used to have one until the council decided to sell it.
 

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AFAIK, York has never had a bus station, with the nearest thing to it being Rougier Street where there were stops, a small layover area and the West Yorkshire travel office.

On the ones above:

  • Brighton had Pool Valley for Southdown services until they vacated it and it became a coach station.
  • Burton on Trent had a bus station on Wetmore Road (now housing) adjacent to the Trent Bridge but think it went during the mid 1980s.
  • Ashbourne does have a bus station - the bus stops on King Edward Road are listed as such, having also had public toilets and it was a throwback to when the depot was there
  • Southampton bus station was famously sold by Stagecoach, paying for Hampshire Bus in the process, in 1987
  • Bournemouth bus station was also notorious having been the scene of a fire that consumed the depot beneath and was left structurally unsafe in 1976; however, it does have the bus station at the rail station which used to be called Bournemouth Interchange but is now called Bournemouth rail station (but is undoubtedly a bus station)
  • Central London does have a bus station - it's in Aldgate! I'd also argue London Bridge also has a bus station, and TfL still refer to the stops outside Victoria as Victoria Bus Station
  • Birmingham lost the Bull Ring (no loss there) in 1999/2000 and so nothing in the centre. In fact, the Birmingham City Council area has nothing designated as a bus station with Chelmsley Wood (Solihull) and Bearwood (Sandwell) bus stations being outside the limits. However, the One Stop Centre at Perry Barr has got something that is a really poor bus station, if not in name.
Another place that never had a bus station (that I know of) is Stockton on Tees.

Other major places without bus stations are Plymouth and Reading - again, like Brum, they have lost them but they were terrible.
 

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AFAIK, York has never had a bus station, with the nearest thing to it being Rougier Street where there were stops, a small layover area and the West Yorkshire travel office.

On the ones above:

  • Brighton had Pool Valley for Southdown services until they vacated it and it became a coach station.
  • Burton on Trent had a bus station on Wetmore Road (now housing) adjacent to the Trent Bridge but think it went during the mid 1980s.
  • Ashbourne does have a bus station - the bus stops on King Edward Road are listed as such, having also had public toilets and it was a throwback to when the depot was there
  • Southampton bus station was famously sold by Stagecoach, paying for Hampshire Bus in the process, in 1987
  • Bournemouth bus station was also notorious having been the scene of a fire that consumed the depot beneath and was left structurally unsafe in 1976; however, it does have the bus station at the rail station which used to be called Bournemouth Interchange but is now called Bournemouth rail station (but is undoubtedly a bus station)
  • Central London does have a bus station - it's in Aldgate! I'd also argue London Bridge also has a bus station, and TfL still refer to the stops outside Victoria as Victoria Bus Station
  • Birmingham lost the Bull Ring (no loss there) in 1999/2000 and so nothing in the centre. In fact, the Birmingham City Council area has nothing designated as a bus station with Chelmsley Wood (Solihull) and Bearwood (Sandwell) bus stations being outside the limits. However, the One Stop Centre at Perry Barr has got something that is a really poor bus station, if not in name.
Another place that never had a bus station (that I know of) is Stockton on Tees.

Other major places without bus stations are Plymouth and Reading - again, like Brum, they have lost them but they were terrible.
Ah thank you for the clarification :)
 

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Grimsby, Cleethorpes, Scarborough, Fleetwood, all lack a bus station, I know none are larger than Brighton, but for central/northern areas they are largest not mentioned I can think of.
 

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Birmingham lost the Bull Ring (no loss there) in 1999/2000 and so nothing in the centre. In fact, the Birmingham City Council area has nothing designated as a bus station with Chelmsley Wood (Solihull) and Bearwood (Sandwell) bus stations being outside the limits. However, the One Stop Centre at Perry Barr has got something that is a really poor bus station, if not in name.
Reason Birmingham City Centre doesn't have one is probably because of how much space would be needed that it would take up.
Birmingham International (Solihull) has a sort of bus station thing, enclosed waiting area, etc I think.

Chelmsley is just a collection of on street stops (like at Sutton, Solihull Town Centre & Solihull Station) and standard bus shelters, normally referred to as Chelmsley Interchange, so not sure if its a "purpose built bus station" and likewise for Sutton and Solihull Town/Station..
 
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Birmingham International (Solihull) has a sort of bus station thing, enclosed waiting area, etc I think.

Chelmsley is just a collection of street stops (like at Solihull Town Centre & Solihull Station) and standard bus shelters, normally referred to as Chelmsley Interchange, so not sure if its a "purpose built bus station" and likewise for Solihull Town/Station..
Yeah - Chelmsley Wood is advertised as such but it's not much of an interchange!

Grimsby, Cleethorpes, Scarborough, Fleetwood, all lack a bus station, I know none are larger than Brighton, but for central/northern areas they are largest not mentioned I can think of.
To think that Grimsby used to have TWO bus stations!

Scarborough is one of those places that could and should have something for the interurban work - Westwood coach park? And of course, Valley Bridge is still there.
 

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Victoria Coach station being the nearest equivalent.
There must be bus stations in the suburbs such as West Croydon bus station

There is a small bus station outside Victoria Station, & other bus stations in Central London at Euston, London Bridge, Liverpool Street, Aldgate
 

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Reading? The town centre is a bit of a nightmare, though Reading Buses seems to have gotten the hang of the "loop".
As I said.... :D

Other major places without bus stations are Plymouth and Reading - again, like Brum, they have lost them but they were terrible
Reading had a god awful bus station that closed about 30 years ago but was reopened for a short period and then demolished as part of the redevelopment near the station.
 

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Victoria Coach station being the nearest equivalent.
There must be bus stations in the suburbs such as West Croydon bus station
Euston bus station
Liverpool Street bus station
Hammersmith bus station
White City bus station
Stratford bus station(s)
Canning Town bus station
Vauxhall bus station
North Greenwich bus station

but no Waterloo Bus Station despite erroneous descriptions of such a place on various internet sights!
 

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Grimsby, Cleethorpes, Scarborough, Fleetwood, all lack a bus station, I know none are larger than Brighton, but for central/northern areas they are largest not mentioned I can think of.
Grimsby does have a bus station, as Riverhead Interchange as it’s officially named but never actually called is classed as a bus station. The locals just don’t like it because it’s different layout to what it was 15 years ago. Cleethorpes being as small as it is doesn’t require a bus station
 

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Other bus stations in outer London that I know of are:
Hounslow
North Finchley (or is it closed now?)
Kingston upon Thames
Stratford
Harrow
Edgware
Walthamstow
Chingford (if it counts)
Turnpike Lane

Streatham has a kind of bus terminal where the garage used to be. Not sure if it's considered a bus station or not.
 

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Other bus stations in outer London that I know of are:
Hounslow
North Finchley (or is it closed now?)
Kingston upon Thames
Stratford
Harrow
Edgware
Walthamstow
Chingford (if it counts)
Turnpike Lane

Streatham has a kind of bus terminal where the garage used to be. Not sure if it's considered a bus station or not.
Edgware had two, not sure if that is still the case. Golders Green has a famous and longstanding one, plus another offroad stand that was originally used for turning late running trolleybuses and was used as a photo/video opportunity by a certain Mayor to promote the 'New Routemaster.' Becontree Heath had one for donkeys, at one time very busy, and please don't forget Eltham Station which replaced the much-loved (by me from toddler age) bus station at Eltham, Well Hall Station. One of Richmond's many terminal points used to be regarded as a bus station, and why's no-one mentioned Kingston, which most decidedly had two (one incorporating a bus garage), of which one survives? Lewisham's has had a chequered history, Bromley North's terminal arrangements seem never to have been regarded as a bus station, but these days the relatively new Crystal Palace bus station must see both more buses and routes than almost any. A case can be made for Morden too. Romford is another Bromley North as far as the terminal arrangements go, but there is a sort of bus station for buses passing through in a northbound direction right next to Romford Station.
 
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Grimsby, Cleethorpes, Scarborough, Fleetwood, all lack a bus station, I know none are larger than Brighton, but for central/northern areas they are largest not mentioned I can think of.
you can add Blackpool to that list
 

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Grimsby does have a bus station, as Riverhead Interchange as it’s officially named but never actually called is classed as a bus station. The locals just don’t like it because it’s different layout to what it was 15 years ago. Cleethorpes being as small as it is doesn’t require a bus station
The first post in this thread says bus stops spread around a town centre don't count as a bus station, The stops are on 4 different streets and the exchange building was closed by the council. I'm a local and I don't like the "bus station" as every time I need to wait for the Number 4 to Cleethorpes there are drunken thugs practically living there every day, had been threatened with violence by one of them, the layout was my original criticism but think it could work if it had decent security. Louth has a nice bus station layout for a small town that others like Cleethorpes (on empty land by the train staton) should copy.
you can add Blackpool to that list
Never knew it closed.
 

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