£5m Blackburn bus station taking shape

£5m Blackburn bus station taking shape

£5m Blackburn bus station taking shape

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BLACKBURN’S new bus station is starting to take shape.

Work is now well under way on the £5million glass-fronted development, which will welcome passengers from autumn 2015.

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The covered complex, which will take 18 months to construct, is being built on part of Blackburn’s old market site.

The bus station has been designed by Capita Symonds, the firm behind several major projects including theLibrary of Birmingham, the BBC’s Media City at Salford Quays, and the extension to the British Library.

The new Ainsworth Street building will include a cafe and be equipped with the latest technology including real time information screens.

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10:16am Wed 3 Sep 14

elmo maniac says...

Looks like they're building an arc??
Looks like they're building an arc?? elmo maniac
  • Score: 7

10:47am Wed 3 Sep 14

woolywords says...

I thought that it was a bike rack, only they got the measurements wrong..
It's happened before, trust me.
I thought that it was a bike rack, only they got the measurements wrong.. It's happened before, trust me. woolywords
  • Score: 17

10:55am Wed 3 Sep 14

Bellypork says...

It better be a good bloody cafe for 5 million.............
It better be a good bloody cafe for 5 million............. Bellypork
  • Score: 12

11:07am Wed 3 Sep 14

shytalk says...

BLACKBURN’S new bus station is starting to take shape...What a shame it's in the wrong place...Any normal planning dept would of sited it next to the railway station.
BLACKBURN’S new bus station is starting to take shape...What a shame it's in the wrong place...Any normal planning dept would of sited it next to the railway station. shytalk
  • Score: 28

11:20am Wed 3 Sep 14

abetterblackburn says...

Hang on a minute! Will this not be ready in time for Jack Straw’s final goodbye next year? Will it be left for our next MP for Blackburn Kate Hollern to smash her bottle of whisky on this structure instead? Or perhaps it will be a return back for Jack Straw to do the job for her?

I don’t think Jack Straw’s so called final goodbye next year has hit home yet. The effect Jack Straw has had during his Safe Seat visits up here to transform Blackburn is quite extraordinary. A complete transformation has taken place to what Blackburn was like before his arrival. His bus rolls on but will he be giving his conductress free reign? Not likely!

The two faces of Jekyll Hyde Straw will be returning to haunt us forever more! That is of course if our country is able to survive the mounting troubles in and around Iraq and the world that he and Tony Blair helped to make happen!

Goodbye Jack Straw, please don’t come back!
Hang on a minute! Will this not be ready in time for Jack Straw’s final goodbye next year? Will it be left for our next MP for Blackburn Kate Hollern to smash her bottle of whisky on this structure instead? Or perhaps it will be a return back for Jack Straw to do the job for her? I don’t think Jack Straw’s so called final goodbye next year has hit home yet. The effect Jack Straw has had during his Safe Seat visits up here to transform Blackburn is quite extraordinary. A complete transformation has taken place to what Blackburn was like before his arrival. His bus rolls on but will he be giving his conductress free reign? Not likely! The two faces of Jekyll Hyde Straw will be returning to haunt us forever more! That is of course if our country is able to survive the mounting troubles in and around Iraq and the world that he and Tony Blair helped to make happen! Goodbye Jack Straw, please don’t come back! abetterblackburn
  • Score: 18

12:04pm Wed 3 Sep 14

j bee says...

ONELY BLACKBURN WOULD MOVE IT FURTHER AWAY FROM RAILWAY STATION , GIVING IN TO BLACKBURN CATHEDRAL
ONELY BLACKBURN WOULD MOVE IT FURTHER AWAY FROM RAILWAY STATION , GIVING IN TO BLACKBURN CATHEDRAL j bee
  • Score: 20

12:07pm Wed 3 Sep 14

Bellypork says...

j bee wrote:
ONELY BLACKBURN WOULD MOVE IT FURTHER AWAY FROM RAILWAY STATION , GIVING IN TO BLACKBURN CATHEDRAL
Learn to spell before you comment.........
[quote][p][bold]j bee[/bold] wrote: ONELY BLACKBURN WOULD MOVE IT FURTHER AWAY FROM RAILWAY STATION , GIVING IN TO BLACKBURN CATHEDRAL[/p][/quote]Learn to spell before you comment......... Bellypork
  • Score: -13

12:33pm Wed 3 Sep 14

HelmshoreMan2010 says...

I used to be on the side of 'why move it away from the train station' but I stopped to think about it and realised (dare I admit it) that it actually makes sense.

We have to think what sort of person would get off a train and on to a bus, that's not a shopper but someone who is passing through Blackburn without visiting. A shopper is going to get either the train or the bus but not both. As the new bus station is as good as the same distance from the main shops as it used to be this means shoppers aren't really inconvenienced any.

The only people this inconveniences is the people who are using the train/bus combination to pass through Blackburn without stopping and spending money, and guess what, they now have to walk past the shops to get from one to another.

I'm not sure if this is the big master plan but if you stop to think about it some sense can be found in the plan.
I used to be on the side of 'why move it away from the train station' but I stopped to think about it and realised (dare I admit it) that it actually makes sense. We have to think what sort of person would get off a train and on to a bus, that's not a shopper but someone who is passing through Blackburn without visiting. A shopper is going to get either the train or the bus but not both. As the new bus station is as good as the same distance from the main shops as it used to be this means shoppers aren't really inconvenienced any. The only people this inconveniences is the people who are using the train/bus combination to pass through Blackburn without stopping and spending money, and guess what, they now have to walk past the shops to get from one to another. I'm not sure if this is the big master plan but if you stop to think about it some sense can be found in the plan. HelmshoreMan2010
  • Score: 11

1:36pm Wed 3 Sep 14

A Darener says...

Which shops will they pass on their way to the station?
A few tatty ones on Railway Rd. Not exactly up market!
Which shops will they pass on their way to the station? A few tatty ones on Railway Rd. Not exactly up market! A Darener
  • Score: 14

3:14pm Wed 3 Sep 14

Joseph O'M says...

A Darener wrote:
Which shops will they pass on their way to the station?
A few tatty ones on Railway Rd. Not exactly up market!
Might be a good incentive for the council to try and entice some more attractive businesses to Railway Road.
[quote][p][bold]A Darener[/bold] wrote: Which shops will they pass on their way to the station? A few tatty ones on Railway Rd. Not exactly up market![/p][/quote]Might be a good incentive for the council to try and entice some more attractive businesses to Railway Road. Joseph O'M
  • Score: 7

5:45pm Wed 3 Sep 14

doggydog says...

how much for a few bus stops?
how much for a few bus stops? doggydog
  • Score: 6

6:21pm Wed 3 Sep 14

mrdd186 says...

it will cost £5 million and take 18 months to construct, is some one taking the p?ss . it only took just over 2 years to build the Trafford centre at a cost of £880 million.
it will cost £5 million and take 18 months to construct, is some one taking the p?ss . it only took just over 2 years to build the Trafford centre at a cost of £880 million. mrdd186
  • Score: 16

7:19pm Wed 3 Sep 14

Lurid67 says...

mrdd186 wrote:
it will cost £5 million and take 18 months to construct, is some one taking the p?ss . it only took just over 2 years to build the Trafford centre at a cost of £880 million.
5 million and 18 months is the crapita influence, for all those consultants to work on the project capita charge out a consultants hourly rate and put a multiplier of anywhere between 1.8 - 2.5 on top of that, then get the lowest paid junior bod to do the work.

18 months for a 5million project against 24 months 880 million project is easy to work out by mentioning 1 word ... Council.

If I could be 4rsed I'd put a request in under the freedom of information asking exactly how much crapita have made out of bwd tax payers since their dictatorship started.
[quote][p][bold]mrdd186[/bold] wrote: it will cost £5 million and take 18 months to construct, is some one taking the p?ss . it only took just over 2 years to build the Trafford centre at a cost of £880 million.[/p][/quote]5 million and 18 months is the crapita influence, for all those consultants to work on the project capita charge out a consultants hourly rate and put a multiplier of anywhere between 1.8 - 2.5 on top of that, then get the lowest paid junior bod to do the work. 18 months for a 5million project against 24 months 880 million project is easy to work out by mentioning 1 word ... Council. If I could be 4rsed I'd put a request in under the freedom of information asking exactly how much crapita have made out of bwd tax payers since their dictatorship started. Lurid67
  • Score: 14

7:32pm Wed 3 Sep 14

zabby says...

Will the cafe serve halal only,is there going to be a prayer room for Muslims ,what way are the toilets facing
Will the cafe serve halal only,is there going to be a prayer room for Muslims ,what way are the toilets facing zabby
  • Score: 9

7:49pm Wed 3 Sep 14

shirtbox says...

For a town where the predominant religion s eems to be Islam,why does the council and the c of e want to spend so much improving the lot of a cathedral that was only ever used by a select few Christians,maybe they expect an upsurge in the followers of Christianity,not in Blackburn I am afraid.Please pardon any spelling or grammer mistakes as I find I am unable to correct them since the new format was inyrudoced by l.e.t. lol.
For a town where the predominant religion s eems to be Islam,why does the council and the c of e want to spend so much improving the lot of a cathedral that was only ever used by a select few Christians,maybe they expect an upsurge in the followers of Christianity,not in Blackburn I am afraid.Please pardon any spelling or grammer mistakes as I find I am unable to correct them since the new format was inyrudoced by l.e.t. lol. shirtbox
  • Score: -5

11:24pm Wed 3 Sep 14

noddy57 says...

like some posts on here l have to agree the bus station is located in the wrong place and why change a system that has worked perfectly well for 150 years ?.
like some posts on here l have to agree the bus station is located in the wrong place and why change a system that has worked perfectly well for 150 years ?. noddy57
  • Score: 5

6:49am Thu 4 Sep 14

j bee says...

Bellypork wrote:
j bee wrote:
ONELY BLACKBURN WOULD MOVE IT FURTHER AWAY FROM RAILWAY STATION , GIVING IN TO BLACKBURN CATHEDRAL
Learn to spell before you comment.........
hope your children are not making spelling mistakes at school or are dislexic, clever bugger , how do you spell when your texing
[quote][p][bold]Bellypork[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]j bee[/bold] wrote: ONELY BLACKBURN WOULD MOVE IT FURTHER AWAY FROM RAILWAY STATION , GIVING IN TO BLACKBURN CATHEDRAL[/p][/quote]Learn to spell before you comment.........[/p][/quote]hope your children are not making spelling mistakes at school or are dislexic, clever bugger , how do you spell when your texing j bee
  • Score: -1

10:07am Thu 4 Sep 14

M.DANNY says...

5 million quids and 18 month to complete it would take 18 weeks in China to complete this project.
New state of the art bus station with cafe, toilets shop and real time information screens great Blackburn is in 21st century at last.
There are modern bus stations in many towns and cities in UK built ten years ago Hyde Warrington Oldham Manchester Liverpool and Preston bus station was well ahead of it's time opened in 1969.
Those who are moaning about bus station moved to the old markets sites it's only few hundred from the train station just stone throw away not miles like Manchester and Bolton.
5 million quids and 18 month to complete it would take 18 weeks in China to complete this project. New state of the art bus station with cafe, toilets shop and real time information screens great Blackburn is in 21st century at last. There are modern bus stations in many towns and cities in UK built ten years ago Hyde Warrington Oldham Manchester Liverpool and Preston bus station was well ahead of it's time opened in 1969. Those who are moaning about bus station moved to the old markets sites it's only few hundred from the train station just stone throw away not miles like Manchester and Bolton. M.DANNY
  • Score: 2

10:39am Thu 4 Sep 14

M.DANNY says...

shirtbox wrote:
For a town where the predominant religion s eems to be Islam,why does the council and the c of e want to spend so much improving the lot of a cathedral that was only ever used by a select few Christians,maybe they expect an upsurge in the followers of Christianity,not in Blackburn I am afraid.Please pardon any spelling or grammer mistakes as I find I am unable to correct them since the new format was inyrudoced by l.e.t. lol.
Town where the predominant religion is Islam ?
Population of Blackburn with Darwen is 147,500
White Christian population is 69.2% , ethnic Asian makes up 25.5 % and rest other European race.
This is from the latest 2011 Government census.
[quote][p][bold]shirtbox[/bold] wrote: For a town where the predominant religion s eems to be Islam,why does the council and the c of e want to spend so much improving the lot of a cathedral that was only ever used by a select few Christians,maybe they expect an upsurge in the followers of Christianity,not in Blackburn I am afraid.Please pardon any spelling or grammer mistakes as I find I am unable to correct them since the new format was inyrudoced by l.e.t. lol.[/p][/quote]Town where the predominant religion is Islam ? Population of Blackburn with Darwen is 147,500 White Christian population is 69.2% , ethnic Asian makes up 25.5 % and rest other European race. This is from the latest 2011 Government census. M.DANNY
  • Score: 4
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