End of the line for bus station

IT will be the end of an era for the Salisbury bus service when the city’s bus station closes next week.

The bus station, which opened in August 1939, will be permanently closed and the service instead provided from bus stops around the city.

Wilts & Dorset announced it was to sell the bus station last year due to the high maintenance costs of the building, and said that only a third of its buses departing from the city centre using the station in Endless Street.

Most services will now operate to and from stops in Castle Street, Milford Street, Endless Street, Blue Boar Row and New Canal, which have been put in by Wiltshire Council.

Many of the services will have a new bus stop location even if they didn’t originally use the bus station, in a bid to minimise disruption to passengers and others travelling in the city. Some timetables will be adjusted. Andrew Sherrington, operations manager for Salisbury Reds, said he regretted any inconvenience caused due to the bus station sale but the ongoing cost of operating the station “would require steeper bus fare increases to sustain the underused facility”.

A vintage bus day is being held on January 5 to mark the end of more than 70 years of bus operations at Salisbury bus station.

Six special routes will be running using a selection of about 10 vintage vehicles from across the county, and all funds raised will be donated to Salisbury District Hospital’s Stars Appeal, with the total to be doubled by Go South Coast, which owns Salisbury Reds.

And there will also be a rare chance to see a new Bus for London outside the capital, which the firm has confirmed will be on routes in Salisbury on the same day.

More information about can be found at salisburyreds.co.uk or by calling 0845 072 7093.

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8:55am Thu 2 Jan 14

hillyanne says...

I think we'll get used to managing without the bus station.(My previous home town got rid among a huge outcry.20 years on it seems a vague memory.)However,I do think some of the new shelters are in the oddest places.eg.Castle Street right outside Iceland's main entrance where they put an advertising board out on the pavement;that should go,surely?Also Endless Street right outside the Legion's doors;I've alrady seen a struggle with a mobility scooter.Did no one learn fro the shelters positioned in New Canal.It's very hard to walk past at times.
I wonder if the planner has ever walked around the streets to see;or just used a street plan at their desk,possibly?
I foresee much pavement congestion in my 2014 crystal ball!
I think we'll get used to managing without the bus station.(My previous home town got rid among a huge outcry.20 years on it seems a vague memory.)However,I do think some of the new shelters are in the oddest places.eg.Castle Street right outside Iceland's main entrance where they put an advertising board out on the pavement;that should go,surely?Also Endless Street right outside the Legion's doors;I've alrady seen a struggle with a mobility scooter.Did no one learn fro the shelters positioned in New Canal.It's very hard to walk past at times. I wonder if the planner has ever walked around the streets to see;or just used a street plan at their desk,possibly? I foresee much pavement congestion in my 2014 crystal ball! hillyanne

1:16pm Thu 2 Jan 14

Spireman says...

hillyanne wrote:
I think we'll get used to managing without the bus station.(My previous home town got rid among a huge outcry.20 years on it seems a vague memory.)However,I do think some of the new shelters are in the oddest places.eg.Castle Street right outside Iceland's main entrance where they put an advertising board out on the pavement;that should go,surely?Also Endless Street right outside the Legion's doors;I've alrady seen a struggle with a mobility scooter.Did no one learn fro the shelters positioned in New Canal.It's very hard to walk past at times. I wonder if the planner has ever walked around the streets to see;or just used a street plan at their desk,possibly? I foresee much pavement congestion in my 2014 crystal ball!
What I see in my 2014 Crystal Ball is the reopening of an extensively modernised (£3m) Andover Bus Station and work starting on a £10million new Bournemouth Bus Station.

Both these new facilities will have direct services to Salisbury, where passengers will now be unceremoniously dumped off in the streets. What a total embarrassment for our once proud city.

What about the location of the new Bus Stops? Well the law requires a local authority to ensure that facilities for public transport users are at least as convenient for the City Centre as those provided for motorists. This means that in Salisbury, the options for new Bus Stop locations are very limited. It’s also why Wiltshire Council should have ensured that the current Bus Station was retained, rather than (for example) spending millions on a half-baked Market Square refurbishment.

I strongly suspect that in time a new Bus Station will eventually be built in Salisbury and that it will cost far more than retaining the existing one would have done. We may also have to lose a Car Park in order to accommodate it.

It’s taken almost 40 years for a decision to be made to replace Bournemouth Bus Station. Let’s hope it does not take anywhere near as long for our local leaders to realise the enormity of their ineptitude.
[quote][p][bold]hillyanne[/bold] wrote: I think we'll get used to managing without the bus station.(My previous home town got rid among a huge outcry.20 years on it seems a vague memory.)However,I do think some of the new shelters are in the oddest places.eg.Castle Street right outside Iceland's main entrance where they put an advertising board out on the pavement;that should go,surely?Also Endless Street right outside the Legion's doors;I've alrady seen a struggle with a mobility scooter.Did no one learn fro the shelters positioned in New Canal.It's very hard to walk past at times. I wonder if the planner has ever walked around the streets to see;or just used a street plan at their desk,possibly? I foresee much pavement congestion in my 2014 crystal ball![/p][/quote]What I see in my 2014 Crystal Ball is the reopening of an extensively modernised (£3m) Andover Bus Station and work starting on a £10million new Bournemouth Bus Station. Both these new facilities will have direct services to Salisbury, where passengers will now be unceremoniously dumped off in the streets. What a total embarrassment for our once proud city. What about the location of the new Bus Stops? Well the law requires a local authority to ensure that facilities for public transport users are at least as convenient for the City Centre as those provided for motorists. This means that in Salisbury, the options for new Bus Stop locations are very limited. It’s also why Wiltshire Council should have ensured that the current Bus Station was retained, rather than (for example) spending millions on a half-baked Market Square refurbishment. I strongly suspect that in time a new Bus Station will eventually be built in Salisbury and that it will cost far more than retaining the existing one would have done. We may also have to lose a Car Park in order to accommodate it. It’s taken almost 40 years for a decision to be made to replace Bournemouth Bus Station. Let’s hope it does not take anywhere near as long for our local leaders to realise the enormity of their ineptitude. Spireman

5:39pm Sat 4 Jan 14

Petera says...

I was quite often asked in the past where the bus station was. Now I suppose i will just have to direct any tourists to the town centre and hope they find what they are looking for as I will not be carrying a bus stop guide in my pocket. Perhaps they could put a guide on the side of the new disabled toilet in the market place. It looks like a tomb,it could do with brightening up a bit.
I was quite often asked in the past where the bus station was. Now I suppose i will just have to direct any tourists to the town centre and hope they find what they are looking for as I will not be carrying a bus stop guide in my pocket. Perhaps they could put a guide on the side of the new disabled toilet in the market place. It looks like a tomb,it could do with brightening up a bit. Petera

11:51pm Mon 6 Jan 14

minkleberry says...

I've just found a story on the BBC website about how Salisbury was granted £400,000 to improve bus services in March, 2012. I quote, 'The money will be used to cut C02 emissions, improve the city bus station and extend a park and ride scheme'. Where did that money go? The full story is here http://www.bbc.co.uk
/news/uk-england-wil
tshire-17489489
I've just found a story on the BBC website about how Salisbury was granted £400,000 to improve bus services in March, 2012. I quote, 'The money will be used to cut C02 emissions, improve the city bus station and extend a park and ride scheme'. Where did that money go? The full story is here http://www.bbc.co.uk /news/uk-england-wil tshire-17489489 minkleberry

7:43pm Tue 7 Jan 14

Schoolmum999 says...

I had to take a cheque to the bank today, so couldn't avoid a trip into the city centre after work. There were buses everywhere, causing traffic chaos and the pavements were packed and virtually impassable in places, with school kids waiting for their buses.

Salisbury needs a bus station! Are you listening Wiltshire Council? Evidently not.

Oh and btw, I think I have damaged my car on one of the massive potholes in Brown Street!
I had to take a cheque to the bank today, so couldn't avoid a trip into the city centre after work. There were buses everywhere, causing traffic chaos and the pavements were packed and virtually impassable in places, with school kids waiting for their buses. Salisbury needs a bus station! Are you listening Wiltshire Council? Evidently not. Oh and btw, I think I have damaged my car on one of the massive potholes in Brown Street! Schoolmum999

10:04pm Tue 7 Jan 14

Spireman says...

minkleberry wrote:
I've just found a story on the BBC website about how Salisbury was granted £400,000 to improve bus services in March, 2012. I quote, 'The money will be used to cut C02 emissions, improve the city bus station and extend a park and ride scheme'. Where did that money go? The full story is here http://www.bbc.co.uk

/news/uk-england-wil

tshire-17489489
Read the council report on the Bus Station closure, it can be found here:-

http://www.wiltshire
.gov.uk/areaboardsal
additionbusstops.pdf


You will need to read towards the end. It is only there that it is revealed that they have used the money that was supposed to be spent on the Bus Station to fund the new on-street Bus Stops!

I think that what Wiltshire Council has done is outrageous. They have used money made available to improve Public Transport to facilitate the closure of the Bus Station.

I am investigating whether a formal complaint can be taken forward with the Department of Transport and / or the Local Government Ombudsman. This money was supposed to be made available to improve Public Transport, not to finance or facilitate a Bus Station closure.

Wiltshire Council should be forced to pay the money back to the Government. It can then be made available to communities like Andover and Bournemouth, who really are interested in improving their Public Transport arrangements.
[quote][p][bold]minkleberry[/bold] wrote: I've just found a story on the BBC website about how Salisbury was granted £400,000 to improve bus services in March, 2012. I quote, 'The money will be used to cut C02 emissions, improve the city bus station and extend a park and ride scheme'. Where did that money go? The full story is here http://www.bbc.co.uk /news/uk-england-wil tshire-17489489[/p][/quote]Read the council report on the Bus Station closure, it can be found here:- http://www.wiltshire .gov.uk/areaboardsal additionbusstops.pdf You will need to read towards the end. It is only there that it is revealed that they have used the money that was supposed to be spent on the Bus Station to fund the new on-street Bus Stops! I think that what Wiltshire Council has done is outrageous. They have used money made available to improve Public Transport to facilitate the closure of the Bus Station. I am investigating whether a formal complaint can be taken forward with the Department of Transport and / or the Local Government Ombudsman. This money was supposed to be made available to improve Public Transport, not to finance or facilitate a Bus Station closure. Wiltshire Council should be forced to pay the money back to the Government. It can then be made available to communities like Andover and Bournemouth, who really are interested in improving their Public Transport arrangements. Spireman

11:28pm Tue 7 Jan 14

minkleberry says...

Totally agree Spireman, it is outrageous. That report is a compete whitewash, facts twisted to suit the councils ridiculous solution to a ridiculous problem. The references to losing disabled spaces, for example, make no allowance for the people involved but only refers to loss of council revenue. The monies allocated for the improvement of the bus station are, I quote, 'obviously no longer required' and has therefore been redirected by Wiltshire Council. No mention of whether this is acceptable to the BBAF who issued the grant, just a high handed attitude of doing as they please. They can't use the coach park to lay over because of the extra mileage it puts on the buses. They can't use the W&D depot because of other bus companies needing to lay over as well, and W&D won't allow them to use their facilities. Extra mileage? W&D not sharing? Utterly pathetic.
Totally agree Spireman, it is outrageous. That report is a compete whitewash, facts twisted to suit the councils ridiculous solution to a ridiculous problem. The references to losing disabled spaces, for example, make no allowance for the people involved but only refers to loss of council revenue. The monies allocated for the improvement of the bus station are, I quote, 'obviously no longer required' and has therefore been redirected by Wiltshire Council. No mention of whether this is acceptable to the BBAF who issued the grant, just a high handed attitude of doing as they please. They can't use the coach park to lay over because of the extra mileage it puts on the buses. They can't use the W&D depot because of other bus companies needing to lay over as well, and W&D won't allow them to use their facilities. Extra mileage? W&D not sharing? Utterly pathetic. minkleberry

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