10/03/2014

Out & about in Northampton ~ new bus station special - part 2

Northampton's new £7 million, fourteen bay North Gate bus station opened last Monday, it replaces the old dark and rundown Greyfriars bus station which was situated underneath a multi-storey car park and office complex and has been part of life in Northampton since 1976.

The old Greyfriars bus station which is considered to be a prime example of brutalist architecture, is due to be demolished, this work will start imminently and is expected to take 18 months to complete, the site has been earmarked for a possible future extension of the Grosvenor Shopping Centre, although no firm plans have been laid down to when this will happen.

Today we continue our coverage of David Bell's visit to the new North Gate bus station with a further selection of photographs taken in the vicinity of the new bus station, they include shots of the large fleet of brand new Alexander Dennis Enviro200s that Stagecoach have just introduced in the Northampton area - enjoy!

Northampton 2014 (2) (c) David Bell
Our first photo in this part shows another view of the new bus station, it includes Stagecoach Alexander Dennis ALX400 bodied Dennis Trident 2 18403 KX06 JYE © David Bell.

Northampton 2014 (2) (c) David Bell
Next up we have another of Stagecoach's brand new Alexander Dennis Enviro200s, seen here working on the 5 to St Giles Park is 37038 YX63 ZWF © David Bell.

Northampton 2014 (2) (c) David Bell
The final Stagecoach vehicle in this feature is Alexander ALX400 bodied Dennis Trident 2 18407 KX06 JXY, as with many of the other photos, the old Greyfriars bus station can be seen in the background © David Bell.

Northampton 2014 (2) (c) David Bell
One of Northampton's smaller bus operators, Meridian are seen here operating the 31 King's Heath Express with Plaxton Pointer 2 bodied Dennis Dart SLF S496 MCC © David Bell.

Northampton 2014 (2) (c) David Bell
We finish this two part feature with a view of the closed Greyfriars bus station, part of Northampton's transport history for the last 38 years, in 2005 the building was listed in a survey carried out by The Guardian for Channel 4's Demolition series, as the third most hated building in Britain © David Bell.

Many thanks to David Bell for the photographs used in this two part feature.