Mixed views on Preston bus station design plans

POLL: Judging panel members Edward Towers, Jeremy Glover from Onside Youth Zones, and leader of the county council Jennifer Mein encourage people to vote
POLL: Judging panel members Edward Towers, Jeremy Glover from Onside Youth Zones, and leader of the county council Jennifer Mein encourage people to vote
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Scores of readers have shared their views on the new designs for Preston’s bus station.

Five entries have been shortlisted for the station’s £13m revamp featuring a youth zone.

Given that tramway systems are the real way forward in the 21st century, pivotal to a fully operational integrated transport strategy for Preston should be the central bus and tram interchange based on a fully and appropriately refurbished and user friendly present Bus Station.

The images went on display at the station last week and online at lep.co.uk which can be viewed here

Readers took to our website and our Facebook page to comment on the designs, submitted as part of a contest to shape the look of the site.

Cottam Kid wrote: “Doesn’t the original building look like it always did?

“It looks fairly splendid and could have looked like that for years if they hadn’t had people intent on ruining it.”

Alan J Billy added: “Design Four looks a bit 50/50 but apart from that they are not bad. But if you’re going to regenerate the bus station then that end of town needs to be better too otherwise it will look stupid.”

Buster posted: “Given that tramway systems are the real way forward in the 21st century, pivotal to a fully operational integrated transport strategy for Preston should be the central bus and tram interchange based on a fully and appropriately refurbished and user friendly present Bus Station.”

Lancs Lad wrote: “Can’t they do something to make the concrete curves look more appealing as it’s that part of it makes the thing featureless.

“All the designs show a modern extension to it but does not hide the outdated bus station itself – it looks odd.”

Scherwin said: “I personally voted for option three as it seemed to keep the youth inside a building rather than having them running around mixing with bus users.”

Vote online at www.lancashire.gov.uk/competition by 4pm on Tuesday.