Part of the Preston Bus Depot on Deepdale Road is to be demolished

Preston bus is planning to flatten a large part of its historic Deepdale Road depot because it is no longer safe.

Friday, 26th February 2021, 3:55 pm
Updated Friday, 26th February 2021, 3:56 pm
Part of the Preston Bus Depot on Deepdale Road is to be demolished
Part of the Preston Bus Depot on Deepdale Road is to be demolished

We took a last look round before the demolition starts:

Preston bus is planning to flatten a large part of its historic Deepdale Road depot
The building has been deemed no longer safe

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Parent company Rotala has submitted an application to the city council to demolish garages and workshops
The 117-year-old site will be redeveloped at a later date.
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The firm says: “The existing garage facilities were erected in the early part of the 20th century and are not currently a safe working environment with potential vehicle movement hazards.”
Operations Manager John Asquith
Rotala has given an assurance that the site will remain as a bus depot
It will eventually be “redeveloped to suit the requirements of a 21st century public transport facility.”
The ornate stone building fronting onto Deepdale Road was built in 1914
The stone frontage is not part of the plan and will be preserved
But garaging facilities behind it will be knocked down over a two-month period beginning on April 24
The changes are subject to council approval
Hazardous asbestos materials thought to be present will be safely removed.
The area will be cleared to become a hardstanding for buses until redevelopment can take place.
The bus depot was opened in 1904 to house and repair Preston’s fleet of trams.
Buses were also garaged there from 1922 and eventually took over the complex as trams were phased out in 1935.
Preston Council owned the bus company until it sold it in a management buy-out in 1993.
Rotala bought Preston Bus in 2011 and it now has a fleet of 120 vehicles and 260 staff.