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 Photo-a-Day      (Tuesday, 6th February, 2018) Views: 2,644 
Wigan Bus Station
 Wigan Bus Station   by Dave (Oy)  (Nikon D850 with Nikon 24-70mm F/2.8 )
Wigan Bus Station under construction on 2nd February 2018

Comment by Derek Platt on 6th February 2018 at 02:36
Two men working, or are they asleep.If this new bus station is taking up the same footprint as the (not so) old one, why is it being rebuilt. Good photo though.


Comment by Mick on 6th February 2018 at 05:09
Looks like somebody as cut down all the shrubs that where growing on the Queens Hall tower are maybe you just cant see them in winter.


Comment by Alan lad on 6th February 2018 at 05:39
Question is does Wigan need a bus station ?.


Comment by Spud on 6th February 2018 at 08:25
When is it supposed to be open again


Comment by Pat on 6th February 2018 at 08:36
Good question Alan! Do we?


Comment by DTease on 6th February 2018 at 08:49
Of course we need a Bus Station! We don't all run round in cars clogging up the roads and polluting the atmosphere. For many pensioners buses are their only means of getting around, without them they would be stuck at home all day watching Jeremy Kyle and Daily Politics and I wouldn't wish that on anyone.


Comment by irene roberts on 6th February 2018 at 10:15
Yes, we do need a bus-station but I don't know that we needed a new one.


Comment by A.W. on 6th February 2018 at 11:06
We certainly do need a bus station, news today said we are the 10th most congested nation on Earth and also one of the smaller nations; a very bad combination.


Comment by Anne on 6th February 2018 at 11:13
Almost certain I won't need it.


Comment by Pat on 6th February 2018 at 11:43
Yes I agree we need the bus service, but a bus station? No! We used to have bus stops in and around town, always worked then!


Comment by Poet on 6th February 2018 at 12:10
Alas AW the solution they come up with is more investment in roads. We are amidst madmen friends. Madmen.


Comment by John D on 6th February 2018 at 12:40
I'm a regular user of my bus pass and travel far and wide with it, but seldom use the bus station. I can get to most places from the bus stops in Crompton Street, Mesnes Street and outside North Western Station.


Comment by Pw on 6th February 2018 at 12:45
I am not reliant on public transport but many young people,families and elderly people do.I cannot understand people's selfish attitude.


Comment by Veronica on 6th February 2018 at 12:56
Wigan must have plenty money in the coffers! I agree with Irene -we do need one - but not a new one surely. Shoppers are having a taste now of no bus station and it's a 'nightmare' ! Crowds of people stood at bus stops all over the place.


Comment by A,W, on 6th February 2018 at 13:28
Pat we also had a bus station on Hope Street near the old Market Square. It was built in the 1920's and lasted till the 1980's, the bus station being redeveloped now lasted less than 30 years.


Comment by irene roberts on 6th February 2018 at 13:43
There WAS a bus-station before the current one, near the old Market Square. Not as big, but still a bus-station. But I do recall buses starting off in Station Road and Market Place too.


Comment by DerekB on 6th February 2018 at 14:12
What's the betting it will be closed for re-surfacing within three months of opening, and thereafter, again every year or so?


Comment by Mark on 6th February 2018 at 14:47
Great shot , showing Wigan Councilís great efforts to make Wigan a progressive and modern town fit to take on the future. Bright and exciting for the new generations to take Wigan forward.


Comment by Pat on 6th February 2018 at 15:01
Yes there was a bus station ion Hope Street, but was for the Ribble Buses and L.U.T. Buses only!


Comment by Poet on 6th February 2018 at 15:29
Bring back the tram!


Comment by britboy on 6th February 2018 at 15:33
Wigan Corp #21 kittgreen was on the old hope st bus station, I can remember if the bus just pulled out of the station, I could still catch it by sprinting across Wigan to the bus stop opposite Wigan Wallgate station.
Of course a lot younger legs in those days lol


Comment by Alb on 6th February 2018 at 16:35
No we don't need another bus station, we Wiganers know this and so do they, but they don't care what we want because they just care about wasting the public money on such things, that and unnecessary wars. The only thing this new station will be different than the old one is the usual increase in CCTV cameras watching over everyone. They'll no doubt be a CCTV camera installed on every single bus stand (like there is with Bolton and Chorley bus station), more taking away of peoples privacy (and no doubt those idiots employed in those jobs) in the name of "terrorism", crime prevention, or whatever excuse they come out with these days to turn our country into an Orwellian, fascist dictatorship. Next they'll be airport body scanners which I've heard have been used in concerts. Stop pretending that the councils and govts have our best interests at heart.


Comment by Pw on 6th February 2018 at 17:17
If they tried to bring trams to Wigan.which I think is a good idea,people from Wigan would only moan about it like they do about most things.


Comment by Irene roberts on 6th February 2018 at 18:25
Wigan corporation buses went from the old bus station too. I used to catch the Abram bus there.


Comment by Sonia on 6th February 2018 at 20:02
Haven't we had a similar thread a few weeks back? Veronica is spot on,Wigan council must have plenty in their coffers to afford a new bus station, especially in this age of cutbacks.Why not just make some improvements to the toilets? Then again,as has been said before if Wigan people don't like the decisions made why keep voting for the same part??? Or,even worse,not bother voting at all.Emmeline will be spinning !!


Comment by Ticsmon on 6th February 2018 at 21:32
It isn't being funded by Wigan Council.


Comment by Poet on 6th February 2018 at 21:59
Thousands of working class men also fail to vote. The lads who were torn apart and butchered in the Great War may also be spinning in their graves today.


Comment by Mark on 7th February 2018 at 00:35
You can't fix jobs with poly filler or kick the can down the road. That has always been the problem, not doing things with sound intention or built to last. Fixing a few toilets will not resolve the cut backs in the long term. This is why the NHS and Social Services are a mess. No proper intent to put money in to fix it proper. Lets decide to fix one thing at a time but proper. Build it to last!! Lets concentrate on us and forget the rest of the world for a few years.


Comment by Sonia on 7th February 2018 at 08:39
Sorry, but if you fail to vote, I really don't see how you can have any say in any everyday decisions that are made which may affect you.


Comment by Veronica on 7th February 2018 at 09:25
The Bus Station is for anybody who uses it - even if they don't live in Wigan. I haven't lived in Wigan for 50 years but come quite regularly. I would be interested to know who is funding it - as I can't vote unfortunately not being a resident.


Comment by Sonia on 7th February 2018 at 10:38
I take your point, Veronica. I too would be interested to know who is funding.


Comment by A.W. on 7th February 2018 at 11:06
Britboy, I too remember running across town to catch the 375/385 Ribble bus at the N.W. station after just missing it at Hope Street, I wouldn't like to try it now either, lol!


Comment by Poet on 7th February 2018 at 15:56
The Gtr. Manchester local growth deal is funded by central government. This is where the cash is coming from.


Comment by Veronica on 7th February 2018 at 17:29
So the money comes from all who pay tax - whether we vote or not how it's spent. Thanks Poet.


Comment by Laura on 8th November 2019 at 16:49
Succinctly put Alb . No doubt they keep all the coffers inside Haigh Hall I know piggy Attenborough got a good look inside yrs back. Maybe that's next on the agenda appears quite privatised already,luckily there is one decent inn left to dwell in Wigan. Lets hope the way forward for Wigan folks is Green not greed envy and big fat sloths


Comment by Laura on 20th November 2019 at 12:13
Succinctly put Alb . No doubt they keep all the coffers inside Haigh Hall I know piggy Attenborough got a good look inside yrs back. Maybe that's next on the agenda appears quite privatised already,luckily there is one decent inn left to dwell in Wigan. Lets hope the way forward for Wigan folks is Green not greed envy and big fat sloths


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