Work to begin on Blackburn's new bus station

The old bus station has made way for a Cathedral Quarter

The old bus station has made way for a Cathedral Quarter

First published in News This Is Lancashire: Photograph of the Author by , Local government reporter

WORK will begin on Blackburn’s new £5 million bus station on Monday.

The construction of the new facility is the first phase of the Pennine Reach scheme which is a £40 million major transport scheme that the council believes will improve links between Blackburn, Darwen and Accrington.

Ainsworth Street will close from Monday to allow the construction of the bus station on the site of the former six day market and a new pedestrianised area in front of the Mall.

There will be 14 stands which will feature the latest technology to allow passengers to plan their journeys by bus.

It will also be fully manned in a bid to improve security and provide the travellers with customer information and ticket purchasing facilities.

The station is due to be completed in January 2015.

An interim bus station has been built in Ainsworth Street while the new one is being constructed.

Councillor Maureen Bateson, executive member for regeneration for Blackburn with Darwen Council, said: “A better transport network is essential for economic growth. It will help businesses who are wanting to expand and encourage new employers to come to the town, creating jobs for local people.

“Pennine Reach is aimed at making public transport a real alternative to the car, reducing congestion and emissions for everyone.”

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9:52pm Sat 1 Mar 14

abetterblackburn says...

A trouble free direct rout to either Bolton or Preston would also be very popular for the unsatisfied shoppers in Blackburn!
A trouble free direct rout to either Bolton or Preston would also be very popular for the unsatisfied shoppers in Blackburn! abetterblackburn
  • Score: 20

10:50pm Sat 1 Mar 14

ToffeeGuy says...

About time.
About time. ToffeeGuy
  • Score: 15

9:39am Sun 2 Mar 14

happycyclist says...

“Pennine Reach is aimed at making public transport a real alternative to the car, reducing congestion and emissions for everyone.”

Cuckoo, cuckoo...
“Pennine Reach is aimed at making public transport a real alternative to the car, reducing congestion and emissions for everyone.” Cuckoo, cuckoo... happycyclist
  • Score: 10

9:45am Sun 2 Mar 14

frank says...

about time, leaving people with little choice than to stand around in pouring rain and gale force winds with next to no shelter shows how little they care about those unfortunate enough to work in town or go there to shop.
animals are treated better
about time, leaving people with little choice than to stand around in pouring rain and gale force winds with next to no shelter shows how little they care about those unfortunate enough to work in town or go there to shop. animals are treated better frank
  • Score: 18

2:16pm Sun 2 Mar 14

A Darener says...

Councillor Maureen Bateson, executive member for regeneration for Blackburn with Darwen Council, said: “A better transport network is essential for economic growth.
You couldn't have had a better network than the old bus station....trains, taxis, buses all together. The envy of most towns and cities.
Councillor Maureen Bateson, executive member for regeneration for Blackburn with Darwen Council, said: “A better transport network is essential for economic growth. You couldn't have had a better network than the old bus station....trains, taxis, buses all together. The envy of most towns and cities. A Darener
  • Score: 21

2:25pm Sun 2 Mar 14

woolywords says...

abetterblackburn wrote:
A trouble free direct rout to either Bolton or Preston would also be very popular for the unsatisfied shoppers in Blackburn!
Sadly, your witty comment has sailed over more that a few heads...
Not mine though..
Do they have a better class of Poundshop in those places, hence your wish to have an hassle free transit there?
[quote][p][bold]abetterblackburn[/bold] wrote: A trouble free direct rout to either Bolton or Preston would also be very popular for the unsatisfied shoppers in Blackburn![/p][/quote]Sadly, your witty comment has sailed over more that a few heads... Not mine though.. Do they have a better class of Poundshop in those places, hence your wish to have an hassle free transit there? woolywords
  • Score: 4

2:48pm Sun 2 Mar 14

M.DANNY says...

China and India are fifty years ahead of Blackburn with better transport and new bus stations and shopping malls full of better high street stores.
Blackburn is still in 20th century until the new bus station is completed. The orbital road is still awaiting to be completed and Calcutta has motorways Flyovers underpasses and grade separators and underground railway .
The Boulevard will have a four star hotel at last and Calcutta has 246 three four and five star hotels.
We are very very proud of Blackburn the road is in mess, a town with a Shopping mall with many shop units empty and no hotel like the ones in Preston and Bolton.Night life doesn't exist we have to head to Preston or Manchester for nightlife.
China and India are fifty years ahead of Blackburn with better transport and new bus stations and shopping malls full of better high street stores. Blackburn is still in 20th century until the new bus station is completed. The orbital road is still awaiting to be completed and Calcutta has motorways Flyovers underpasses and grade separators and underground railway . The Boulevard will have a four star hotel at last and Calcutta has 246 three four and five star hotels. We are very very proud of Blackburn the road is in mess, a town with a Shopping mall with many shop units empty and no hotel like the ones in Preston and Bolton.Night life doesn't exist we have to head to Preston or Manchester for nightlife. M.DANNY
  • Score: 7

2:52pm Sun 2 Mar 14

A Darener says...

M.DANNY....but don't you have to sit on the train carriage roof in India?
M.DANNY....but don't you have to sit on the train carriage roof in India? A Darener
  • Score: 12

3:04pm Sun 2 Mar 14

M.DANNY says...

A Darener wrote:
M.DANNY....but don't you have to sit on the train carriage roof in India?
People do get a free ride on the train carriage roof and top of the bus in India, if people do not buy a ticket.
[quote][p][bold]A Darener[/bold] wrote: M.DANNY....but don't you have to sit on the train carriage roof in India?[/p][/quote]People do get a free ride on the train carriage roof and top of the bus in India, if people do not buy a ticket. M.DANNY
  • Score: 3

3:09pm Sun 2 Mar 14

A Darener says...

"The Boulevard will have a four star hotel at last and Calcutta has 246 three four and five star hotels".
But Calcutta has a population of over 15 million. What's your point? There is NO comparison between the two places.
"The Boulevard will have a four star hotel at last and Calcutta has 246 three four and five star hotels". But Calcutta has a population of over 15 million. What's your point? There is NO comparison between the two places. A Darener
  • Score: 10

3:17pm Sun 2 Mar 14

M.DANNY says...

A Darener wrote:
"The Boulevard will have a four star hotel at last and Calcutta has 246 three four and five star hotels".
But Calcutta has a population of over 15 million. What's your point? There is NO comparison between the two places.
Preston has six such hotels and Bolton has five such hotels and Blackburn has none we have to send our civic guests to Dunkenhalgh in Hyndburn Lancashire.
Blackburn is a large town with no hotels except bed and breakfast ones.
[quote][p][bold]A Darener[/bold] wrote: "The Boulevard will have a four star hotel at last and Calcutta has 246 three four and five star hotels". But Calcutta has a population of over 15 million. What's your point? There is NO comparison between the two places.[/p][/quote]Preston has six such hotels and Bolton has five such hotels and Blackburn has none we have to send our civic guests to Dunkenhalgh in Hyndburn Lancashire. Blackburn is a large town with no hotels except bed and breakfast ones. M.DANNY
  • Score: 6

3:31pm Sun 2 Mar 14

A Darener says...

What about Stanley House, Whitehall Country Club?
What about Stanley House, Whitehall Country Club? A Darener
  • Score: 5

3:43pm Sun 2 Mar 14

M.DANNY says...

A Darener wrote:
What about Stanley House, Whitehall Country Club?
They are not in Blackburn city centre are they ? ones in Mellor and the other one in Darwen.
They are not even modern city centre four or five star hotels either.
[quote][p][bold]A Darener[/bold] wrote: What about Stanley House, Whitehall Country Club?[/p][/quote]They are not in Blackburn city centre are they ? ones in Mellor and the other one in Darwen. They are not even modern city centre four or five star hotels either. M.DANNY
  • Score: 4

3:49pm Sun 2 Mar 14

A Darener says...

Blackburn isn't a four or five star standard town. Lucky to have a travel lodge. or Premier inn.
Blackburn isn't a four or five star standard town. Lucky to have a travel lodge. or Premier inn. A Darener
  • Score: 5

3:59pm Sun 2 Mar 14

pdb951 says...

A Darener wrote:
"The Boulevard will have a four star hotel at last and Calcutta has 246 three four and five star hotels".
But Calcutta has a population of over 15 million. What's your point? There is NO comparison between the two places.
I can think of some.
[quote][p][bold]A Darener[/bold] wrote: "The Boulevard will have a four star hotel at last and Calcutta has 246 three four and five star hotels". But Calcutta has a population of over 15 million. What's your point? There is NO comparison between the two places.[/p][/quote]I can think of some. pdb951
  • Score: 9

4:00pm Sun 2 Mar 14

pdb951 says...

A Darener wrote:
Blackburn isn't a four or five star standard town. Lucky to have a travel lodge. or Premier inn.
Blackburn wouldn't get 1 star
[quote][p][bold]A Darener[/bold] wrote: Blackburn isn't a four or five star standard town. Lucky to have a travel lodge. or Premier inn.[/p][/quote]Blackburn wouldn't get 1 star pdb951
  • Score: 6

4:03pm Sun 2 Mar 14

sean_brfc says...

If you're so desperate to live in a giant megalopolis like Calcutta then why don't you move to one? I personally couldn't give a hoot if Blackburn doesn't have 6 town centre hotels as long as the shopping is decent, which it is (could be better, could be worse imo).
If you're so desperate to live in a giant megalopolis like Calcutta then why don't you move to one? I personally couldn't give a hoot if Blackburn doesn't have 6 town centre hotels as long as the shopping is decent, which it is (could be better, could be worse imo). sean_brfc
  • Score: 1

5:53pm Sun 2 Mar 14

sen c b l says...

I would choise stay in my shed rather than spending a night at Travel Lodge.
Cheap and nasty bed linen, and the cleaners are also the receptionists and room service personals. Bloody awful.
I would choise stay in my shed rather than spending a night at Travel Lodge. Cheap and nasty bed linen, and the cleaners are also the receptionists and room service personals. Bloody awful. sen c b l
  • Score: -5

8:08pm Sun 2 Mar 14

Mothernature says...

Building a bus station for a better transport network for economic growth that supposedly will help businesses who are wanting to expand and encourage new employers to come to the town, thereby creating jobs for local people is pointless. Transdev & the other bus operators fail to provide a service for the majority of workers who need to get to work before 7am & even then, unless you work in the town centres, a lot of their routes don't start until 7.30am and finish at 6pm.
Building a bus station for a better transport network for economic growth that supposedly will help businesses who are wanting to expand and encourage new employers to come to the town, thereby creating jobs for local people is pointless. Transdev & the other bus operators fail to provide a service for the majority of workers who need to get to work before 7am & even then, unless you work in the town centres, a lot of their routes don't start until 7.30am and finish at 6pm. Mothernature
  • Score: 5

8:59pm Sun 2 Mar 14

kessuki says...

it needs to improve its nightlife just as much as the accomodation.
it needs to improve its nightlife just as much as the accomodation. kessuki
  • Score: 5

9:45pm Sun 2 Mar 14

woolywords says...

M.DANNY wrote:
A Darener wrote:
What about Stanley House, Whitehall Country Club?
They are not in Blackburn city centre are they ? ones in Mellor and the other one in Darwen.
They are not even modern city centre four or five star hotels either.
Blackburn doesn't even have a 4 or 5 star kebab/pizza shop...
[quote][p][bold]M.DANNY[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]A Darener[/bold] wrote: What about Stanley House, Whitehall Country Club?[/p][/quote]They are not in Blackburn city centre are they ? ones in Mellor and the other one in Darwen. They are not even modern city centre four or five star hotels either.[/p][/quote]Blackburn doesn't even have a 4 or 5 star kebab/pizza shop... woolywords
  • Score: 6

10:36pm Sun 2 Mar 14

CorkyMac says...

14 stands? The boulevard had more than 14 stands, why the big drop In destinations? Or am I missing something?
14 stands? The boulevard had more than 14 stands, why the big drop In destinations? Or am I missing something? CorkyMac
  • Score: 6

11:47pm Sun 2 Mar 14

M.DANNY says...

Preston has hotels ie
Hotel Marriott Five star
Hotel Holiday Inn four Star
The Park Hotel Four Star
Legacy International Hotel Four Star Hotel
Premier Inn Hotel Four Star Hotel
Travel Lodge Two Star Hotel
Bolton Hotels ie
Holiday Inn Four Star Hotel
Britannia Hotel three star hotel
Bolton Whites Hotel Four Star Hotel
Premier Inn Three Star Hotel
Whats Blackburn Hotel ? a Travelodge and Premier Inn near M65 Motorways
Preston has hotels ie Hotel Marriott Five star Hotel Holiday Inn four Star The Park Hotel Four Star Legacy International Hotel Four Star Hotel Premier Inn Hotel Four Star Hotel Travel Lodge Two Star Hotel Bolton Hotels ie Holiday Inn Four Star Hotel Britannia Hotel three star hotel Bolton Whites Hotel Four Star Hotel Premier Inn Three Star Hotel Whats Blackburn Hotel ? a Travelodge and Premier Inn near M65 Motorways M.DANNY
  • Score: 3

12:41am Mon 3 Mar 14

Darwen Malc says...

At the end of the day Blackburn is a mess, thanks to a meandering, no-long-term-view bunch of councillors interested only in silver-lining the pockets of their pals. Bus lane no-one wants, a shopping centre that completely segregates the town (no through route at night), failed market policy (no 3 day section), disintegrated transport hub....I could go on.
Labour in action at the very best, but as the town is populated by those who would even vote for a monkey, as long as it stood for Labour, what chance have you got. Not to mention 'Uncle Jack' who positively courts the Muslim vote. RIP Blackburn.
At the end of the day Blackburn is a mess, thanks to a meandering, no-long-term-view bunch of councillors interested only in silver-lining the pockets of their pals. Bus lane no-one wants, a shopping centre that completely segregates the town (no through route at night), failed market policy (no 3 day section), disintegrated transport hub....I could go on. Labour in action at the very best, but as the town is populated by those who would even vote for a monkey, as long as it stood for Labour, what chance have you got. Not to mention 'Uncle Jack' who positively courts the Muslim vote. RIP Blackburn. Darwen Malc
  • Score: 5

10:30am Mon 3 Mar 14

jack01 says...

This new 'Pennine Reach' scheme all sounds very impressive. At a cost of £40 million to the taxpayer it has to.

Supposedly this scheme is going to 'improve links' between Blackburn, Darwen and Accrington.

I understand that the grand plan is to basically construct a bus lane for the entire length of the journey from Darwen, through Blackburn, to Accrington.
For the vast majority of this stretch of road any expansion is impossible due to houses etc. This means that the new bus lanes will come at the expense of the existing road, rather than alongside it. That will mean that room for cars and lorries will be reduced even further from its current congested levels.

At the moment it takes me up to 30 minutes to drive 3 miles from Oswaldtwistle to Blackburn town centre in a morning and evening. That's 6mph average speed, thanks to congested roads and a network that simply cannot cope. Not to mention roundabouts and traffic lights every 50 yards.

The councils answer is to spend fortunes reducing the capacity further, thereby making driving such a miserable and time consuming experience that everyone will ditch their cars and jump on the bus into town every day instead.

This simply won't work. I cannot and will not rely on the bus system to get me to work on time in a morning. Buses are supposed to have a timetable to stick to, but whenever I have waited for one they just turn up whenever they feel like it. Then there's the cost of the bus, which is significantly more expensive than the cost of driving into town.

All this will achieve is more chaos on the roads whilst putting off people considering doing their business in the town. Who in their right mind would start up a business in the town centre when you can't get in or out other than by bus?

This plan is all very good if you don't drive, or don't rely on deliveries etc. For bus users this will probably achieve a 5-10 minute faster journey, nothing more. It won't be any cheaper or much more comfortable.
This new 'Pennine Reach' scheme all sounds very impressive. At a cost of £40 million to the taxpayer it has to. Supposedly this scheme is going to 'improve links' between Blackburn, Darwen and Accrington. I understand that the grand plan is to basically construct a bus lane for the entire length of the journey from Darwen, through Blackburn, to Accrington. For the vast majority of this stretch of road any expansion is impossible due to houses etc. This means that the new bus lanes will come at the expense of the existing road, rather than alongside it. That will mean that room for cars and lorries will be reduced even further from its current congested levels. At the moment it takes me up to 30 minutes to drive 3 miles from Oswaldtwistle to Blackburn town centre in a morning and evening. That's 6mph average speed, thanks to congested roads and a network that simply cannot cope. Not to mention roundabouts and traffic lights every 50 yards. The councils answer is to spend fortunes reducing the capacity further, thereby making driving such a miserable and time consuming experience that everyone will ditch their cars and jump on the bus into town every day instead. This simply won't work. I cannot and will not rely on the bus system to get me to work on time in a morning. Buses are supposed to have a timetable to stick to, but whenever I have waited for one they just turn up whenever they feel like it. Then there's the cost of the bus, which is significantly more expensive than the cost of driving into town. All this will achieve is more chaos on the roads whilst putting off people considering doing their business in the town. Who in their right mind would start up a business in the town centre when you can't get in or out other than by bus? This plan is all very good if you don't drive, or don't rely on deliveries etc. For bus users this will probably achieve a 5-10 minute faster journey, nothing more. It won't be any cheaper or much more comfortable. jack01
  • Score: 2

12:08pm Mon 3 Mar 14

vicn1956 says...

Have you seen the stuff pumped out of buses? More pollution than 30 modern well-maintained cars! Mustn't get in the way of those who are easily deluded/cannot be argued with.
Have you seen the stuff pumped out of buses? More pollution than 30 modern well-maintained cars! Mustn't get in the way of those who are easily deluded/cannot be argued with. vicn1956
  • Score: 2

12:46pm Mon 3 Mar 14

shirtbox says...

Well done Clowncillor Bateson and your fellow members.this new bus station will give the people of Blackburn an integrated bus service to all the better town shopping centres in and around Blackburn.As for the proposed new hotel,well time will tell.
Well done Clowncillor Bateson and your fellow members.this new bus station will give the people of Blackburn an integrated bus service to all the better town shopping centres in and around Blackburn.As for the proposed new hotel,well time will tell. shirtbox
  • Score: 1

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