Stoke-on-Trent - photo of the week
the original bus station opened in the early 1970's
work started on the new City Centre Bus Station in March 2011
In 2010 it was said of the bus station - '...the 1970's central bus station must be a contender for grimmist building in the Midlands. Most poignant of Hanley's buildings, at its centre is an arcade of faintly Moorish precast concrete arces that connect one board-shuttered parade of shops from another, wanly light hearted and jaunty but unloved and desperate.'
Postcard of Hanley Bus Station not long after opening in the early 1970's
The restaurant and shopping area in 1977
the original bus station (red) and the site of the new station (blue)
Google maps 2011
the bus station in March 2011
the old car park in Birch Terrace
in the background is the Stoke-on-Trent Tax Office - Blackburn House in Old Hall Street
view of the old restaurant and shops
view from Charles Street
Martins drapers and clothes shop and above is the old Chicos disco
Originally known as the Penny Farthing which opend in 1966 - by 1968 it had a membership exceeding 3,000.
It was taken over by the organisation which owned The Place, and became Maxims. Then, when Maxims moved to Newcastle, the Hanley site became Chicos.
Old Hall Street entrance to the shops and bus station
now blocked off - the steps to the upper level and restaurant
compare this 2011 photo with the 1977 one at the top of the page
flats at the top of Bucknall New Road
from the upper level - the view of the old car park, to the far right is the Victoria Hall
For many years the appalling state of the bus
station has been an issue.
Complaints range from anti-social behaviour, lack of toilet facilities,
being windy, dirty, depressing, uninviting and intimidating.