Reader’s letters - Friday, July 24

One of the design ideas for Preston Bus Station. A writer warns of the danger of the station becoming a failure like the Spruce Goose

One of the design ideas for Preston Bus Station. A writer warns of the danger of the station becoming a failure like the Spruce Goose

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No need for a ‘Spruce Goose’

While making some valid points regarding the bus station, your correspondent ‘Michael at the Carbuncle’ (LEP Letters, July 21) seems to display a degree of short-sightedness when it comes to the facts.

He talks about the possibility of operating a shuttle bus or tram to connect the bus station with the railway station.

Had he done research, he would have discovered that no less than 13 buses do this journey already, which works out an average rate of a bus every 4.6 minutes, and the return buses DO operate via Corporation Street and Ringway, where one can alight and either walk to Friargate or hop over to the other side of Ringway to catch one of (again) many buses which will go up Friargate to the university and beyond.

He also talks about Preston bus station being ‘a Central Lancashire hub’ and this feeds ‘Preston, its suburbs, South Ribble, Chorley, Wyre, Fylde and the Ribble Valley’.

I would therefore like to enlighten Michael and your fellow readers that it also feeds Southport and on to Liverpool, Wigan, Bolton, Burnley, Lancaster, Morecambe and, in the summer months, Keswick.

Further, using both National Express and Megabus, it feeds London, Plymouth, Inverness, Haverfordwest and even Belfast.

It is thus not only of Central Lancashire importance, not only of North West importance, but of UK importance. Thus its importance as a hub for buses cannot be overemphasised.

Personally, I fail to see how all the buses that currently use the bus station are going to be accommodated in just half the space. It is sometimes the necessary case that buses are placed in holding bays, prior to them being taken to their stands.

Have the designers factored this into their plans? While we would all like our buses to run on time, sometimes factors beyond their control scupper those ideals and it is therefore necessary to have these factored into the equation of bus movements.

Have these been taken into consideration? Nice designs may look good on paper, but so did the Spruce Goose and it only flew the once! Which brings me to my next point.

Two big mistakes were made when they designed and built the bus station. Firstly there are those heavy doors, which even some beefcakes cannot shift. Secondly, the destination boards are placed at a height where it blocks one’s view from the concourse of the buses’ destination boards, thus requiring passengers to go right up to those heavy doors in order to see if one’s bus was at the correct stand. In this respect, the similarly-designed bus station at Huddersfield is much better with the stand numbers etched into the glass panes and no destination boards blocking one’s view.

One thing that this West Yorkshire bus station lacks are those fantastic curves emanating from each level of the car park above the bus station. It has only an ugly brown plain façade to its car park.

Thus whichever design is picked for the revised bus station, just remember that Preston and the nation’s bus users do not want a Spruce Goose of a bus station.

A Regular Bus User

Generous lady of Platform 2

With all the rubbish being spouted this week by David Cameron, and his latest attack on minorities just to further divisions in British society, may I offer you a snippet of the real Britain today.

Last Friday I was chatting to a lady on Platform 2 of Preston station and wished her a ‘happy Eid’. She replied she was a Hindu and we have chatted since, despite my idiocy. She cooks at the Gujarat Hindu Society Temple in Preston and I cheekily asked if she ever has any over to “bung it in a Tupperware” carton.

Yesterday she handed over two tubs, once with beans and one with rice, alongside a bag of puris. I shared it with colleagues and it was wonderful.

Thank you Platform 2 lady, or should that be dhanvaad.

Alan Buckley, Southport

New wine, new skins in politics

Politics, always a heated subject, and never more so than when a party constantly searches for the self-destruct button, as Labour appears to be doing at present.

Reliant, so it seems to me, solely upon the party faithful when any old dream will do as long as no one dares to contest erroneous ambition.

I am not going to get into a debate about personalities, but surely someone at the top must see that in the rush to elect a new leader, not one of the present candidates will carry Labour any further than the next thrashing.

Labour needs to start listening to people instead of perpetually banging on about the speck in the Tory eye whilst ignoring the beam in their own.

The threadbare mantra of ‘everything we do is right’ should be cast into the midden and a new platform of sincerity presented to the public based on jobs, money, productivity and a Britain that feels at home in its skin – a far cry from the present ear-wearying excuse laden make believe of late.

New wine, new skins.

Joseph G Dawson, Chorley

USA: Don’t vote Donald Trump

In general, the politics of the USA leaves me totally cold.

We have visited Florida in the past and had a wonderful welcome from the Americans we came into contact with. Surely they will not give a second thought to electing Donald Trump! His comments about Senator McCain and his service in Vietnam were unforgivable. Please, USA, discount this man.

Jack Banner, address supplied

Folk’s kindness was wonderful

I would like to thank the people of Morecambe for helping when I tripped up on Marine Road Central on Sunday, June 21. The kindness was wonderful. Also thanks to the ambulance people and the health centre staff.

Frances McMeeken, Blackpool

Hoping Blitz will be more secure

Let’s hope Blitz night club lives up to its promise of having extra CCTV and tighter security as the last Blitz lacked it.

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