Blackburn bus and train station work hit by delays

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BLACKBURN town centre’s two major transport projects — the new bus terminus and railway station facelift — have been hit by delays.

Network Rail’s scheme to refurbish its train complex is six months behind schedule with work yet to begin.

The £5 million new bus station on Ainsworth Street has also been hit by the unexpected discovery of a fast-flowing drain, which may add weeks to the work.

Now engineers have rescheduled foundation work to minimise delay to next December’s proposed completion date.

In June, Northern Rail announced a £780,000 facelift for the train station to complement the £33 million Cathedral Quarter regeneration with plans to spend £600,000 brightening the concourse. Brother and sister business partners Awais and Nighat Anwar proposed to invest £180,000 to turn the ‘Transit Lounge’ cafe into a new Subway Metro coffee bar, opening in the autumn.

The Northern Rail scheme includes new automatic doors and entrance glazing, anti-slip flooring, new wall cladding, CCTV cameras and handrails on the access ramp and stairs.

The existing roof and front canopy of the main concourse will be refurbished. Northern Rail’s head of corporate communications Carolyn Watson said: “Work to enhance the concourse area at Blackburn station was postponed last year as the Northern franchise was due to finish at the end of March 2014, and the work would not have been complete by then.

“In March, the Department for Transport said we will continue to operate until February 2016, so we can deliver the project.

“A rail industry panel will determine the timings but we hope we will be able to begin work on site soon. Plans for the Subway Express continue to progress and will not be impacted by other work.”

Council regeneration director Brian Bailey said: “The bus station is still on track to be completed early in the New Year.

“As with any major regeneration projects, there are always slight changes to the planned programme.

“A large drain has been found on the site which was not on the original plans."

Mrs Anwar said: “The delay is obviously unfortunate but Subway have promised to speed up work on the new Metro coffee bar.”

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11:58am Wed 14 May 14

woolywords says...

Unexpected discovery of a drain?
Don't we employ Borough engineers, in drawing offices, to keep track of what drains, utilities and the like, are buried where? Or is this just another of their misnomers of office?
Dealing with this Town Hall, is a real voyage of discovery.
Planners, that have lost the plot, Surveyors, who lack a sense of direction and a Collection Hall counter, that doesn't take cash, from just anyone!
No wonder people in these offices can write books about their weekend walks in the Lake District. It's all that time on their hands, before going home.

Was in the Town Hall on Monday, after receiving a payment from them, trying to find out how that figure had been arrived at... 22 minutes on their phone, with the incessant assurance that my call would be answered shortly, to be told that a letter has been sent to me and should arrive in the next 5 to 10 'working days', as 8 people sat on the Reception desk, doing beggar all!

Had a peek in the Housing Benefits section, having heard things about this place before, and it's true. There really are 14 positions, manned by 2 staff, as a dozen people wait!
Mind you, this was at 1:30 pm, so I suppose some will be on their afternoon nap.. or perfecting their illuminated manuscript lettering, so as to be able to send out letters, more efficiently, as they mutter about how; parchment vellum, is such a difficult medium to write upon..
Left there thinking to myself; that the next time I go, am taking my micro video camera and posting that video on YouTube but I know, from the lack of movement in the images, I'd be accused of making a video, from a still frame picture.
Perhaps, if I let loose a tortoise? Then there would be at least some evidence of movement, as it whizzes around the foyer..
Unexpected discovery of a drain? Don't we employ Borough engineers, in drawing offices, to keep track of what drains, utilities and the like, are buried where? Or is this just another of their misnomers of office? Dealing with this Town Hall, is a real voyage of discovery. Planners, that have lost the plot, Surveyors, who lack a sense of direction and a Collection Hall counter, that doesn't take cash, from just anyone! No wonder people in these offices can write books about their weekend walks in the Lake District. It's all that time on their hands, before going home. Was in the Town Hall on Monday, after receiving a payment from them, trying to find out how that figure had been arrived at... 22 minutes on their phone, with the incessant assurance that my call would be answered shortly, to be told that a letter has been sent to me and should arrive in the next 5 to 10 'working days', as 8 people sat on the Reception desk, doing beggar all! Had a peek in the Housing Benefits section, having heard things about this place before, and it's true. There really are 14 positions, manned by 2 staff, as a dozen people wait! Mind you, this was at 1:30 pm, so I suppose some will be on their afternoon nap.. or perfecting their illuminated manuscript lettering, so as to be able to send out letters, more efficiently, as they mutter about how; parchment vellum, is such a difficult medium to write upon.. Left there thinking to myself; that the next time I go, am taking my micro video camera and posting that video on YouTube but I know, from the lack of movement in the images, I'd be accused of making a video, from a still frame picture. Perhaps, if I let loose a tortoise? Then there would be at least some evidence of movement, as it whizzes around the foyer.. woolywords
  • Score: 78

12:43pm Wed 14 May 14

alf-abett says...

woolywords wrote:
Unexpected discovery of a drain?
Don't we employ Borough engineers, in drawing offices, to keep track of what drains, utilities and the like, are buried where? Or is this just another of their misnomers of office?
Dealing with this Town Hall, is a real voyage of discovery.
Planners, that have lost the plot, Surveyors, who lack a sense of direction and a Collection Hall counter, that doesn't take cash, from just anyone!
No wonder people in these offices can write books about their weekend walks in the Lake District. It's all that time on their hands, before going home.

Was in the Town Hall on Monday, after receiving a payment from them, trying to find out how that figure had been arrived at... 22 minutes on their phone, with the incessant assurance that my call would be answered shortly, to be told that a letter has been sent to me and should arrive in the next 5 to 10 'working days', as 8 people sat on the Reception desk, doing beggar all!

Had a peek in the Housing Benefits section, having heard things about this place before, and it's true. There really are 14 positions, manned by 2 staff, as a dozen people wait!
Mind you, this was at 1:30 pm, so I suppose some will be on their afternoon nap.. or perfecting their illuminated manuscript lettering, so as to be able to send out letters, more efficiently, as they mutter about how; parchment vellum, is such a difficult medium to write upon..
Left there thinking to myself; that the next time I go, am taking my micro video camera and posting that video on YouTube but I know, from the lack of movement in the images, I'd be accused of making a video, from a still frame picture.
Perhaps, if I let loose a tortoise? Then there would be at least some evidence of movement, as it whizzes around the foyer..
Very true and eloquently described. I do not always agree with your often pompous meanderings in these columns but spot on with your observations.
[quote][p][bold]woolywords[/bold] wrote: Unexpected discovery of a drain? Don't we employ Borough engineers, in drawing offices, to keep track of what drains, utilities and the like, are buried where? Or is this just another of their misnomers of office? Dealing with this Town Hall, is a real voyage of discovery. Planners, that have lost the plot, Surveyors, who lack a sense of direction and a Collection Hall counter, that doesn't take cash, from just anyone! No wonder people in these offices can write books about their weekend walks in the Lake District. It's all that time on their hands, before going home. Was in the Town Hall on Monday, after receiving a payment from them, trying to find out how that figure had been arrived at... 22 minutes on their phone, with the incessant assurance that my call would be answered shortly, to be told that a letter has been sent to me and should arrive in the next 5 to 10 'working days', as 8 people sat on the Reception desk, doing beggar all! Had a peek in the Housing Benefits section, having heard things about this place before, and it's true. There really are 14 positions, manned by 2 staff, as a dozen people wait! Mind you, this was at 1:30 pm, so I suppose some will be on their afternoon nap.. or perfecting their illuminated manuscript lettering, so as to be able to send out letters, more efficiently, as they mutter about how; parchment vellum, is such a difficult medium to write upon.. Left there thinking to myself; that the next time I go, am taking my micro video camera and posting that video on YouTube but I know, from the lack of movement in the images, I'd be accused of making a video, from a still frame picture. Perhaps, if I let loose a tortoise? Then there would be at least some evidence of movement, as it whizzes around the foyer..[/p][/quote]Very true and eloquently described. I do not always agree with your often pompous meanderings in these columns but spot on with your observations. alf-abett
  • Score: 74

1:49pm Wed 14 May 14

onsidecobra says...

You won't be able to get a bacon butty in that swish, new Subway Metro!
You won't be able to get a bacon butty in that swish, new Subway Metro! onsidecobra
  • Score: 69

4:10pm Wed 14 May 14

frank says...

what's another winter of standing in gale force winds and torrential rain waiting for a bus?
what on earth do these people do to justify the money they take home.
what's another winter of standing in gale force winds and torrential rain waiting for a bus? what on earth do these people do to justify the money they take home. frank
  • Score: 73

7:24pm Wed 14 May 14

M.DANNY says...

Everything is and was delayed the unfinished projects like the Orbital Road to link Bolton Road Wainwright bridge, the cinema was delayed ,now the new bus station and the the Railway station is delayed.
The BwD Council should have known about the drains under Ainsworth street. In China these projects are completed within months not years.
Everything is and was delayed the unfinished projects like the Orbital Road to link Bolton Road Wainwright bridge, the cinema was delayed ,now the new bus station and the the Railway station is delayed. The BwD Council should have known about the drains under Ainsworth street. In China these projects are completed within months not years. M.DANNY
  • Score: 70

9:21pm Thu 15 May 14

Darwen Malc says...

onsidecobra wrote:
You won't be able to get a bacon butty in that swish, new Subway Metro!
Oh you will, but it will be 'turkey ham', so it fulfils the halal requirement!
[quote][p][bold]onsidecobra[/bold] wrote: You won't be able to get a bacon butty in that swish, new Subway Metro![/p][/quote]Oh you will, but it will be 'turkey ham', so it fulfils the halal requirement! Darwen Malc
  • Score: -57

12:03am Fri 16 May 14

Steven11 says...

Darwen Malc wrote:
onsidecobra wrote:
You won't be able to get a bacon butty in that swish, new Subway Metro!
Oh you will, but it will be 'turkey ham', so it fulfils the halal requirement!
Why ?
[quote][p][bold]Darwen Malc[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]onsidecobra[/bold] wrote: You won't be able to get a bacon butty in that swish, new Subway Metro![/p][/quote]Oh you will, but it will be 'turkey ham', so it fulfils the halal requirement![/p][/quote]Why ? Steven11
  • Score: 62

5:51pm Mon 19 May 14

ConcernedOssy says...

ONLY TO BE EXPECTED BY THE BUNCH OF AMATEURS RUNNING THE SHOW !! employed and ably assisted by our competent CLOWNCIL !!!
ARE YOU SURE THE JOB IS NOT BEING RUN BY VENKYS ??? IT CARRIES ALL THEIR HALLMARKS !!!!
ONLY TO BE EXPECTED BY THE BUNCH OF AMATEURS RUNNING THE SHOW !! employed and ably assisted by our competent CLOWNCIL !!! ARE YOU SURE THE JOB IS NOT BEING RUN BY VENKYS ??? IT CARRIES ALL THEIR HALLMARKS !!!! ConcernedOssy
  • Score: 65

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