Some old bus stations in the centre of Leeds.

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Postby chameleon » Wed 10 Aug, 2011 10:05 pm

Phill_dvsn wrote:
Here's a small bus station I'm struggling to place in Leeds
http://www.flickr.com/photos/cliffordstead/5397824747/

    


Other side of the road from Central bus station opposite the multistory carpark.
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Postby chameleon » Wed 10 Aug, 2011 10:08 pm

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When I was recently on Wellington Street I got to think of the bus station that used to be there. It struck me that there is no sign at all now that there was a bus station as the building that occupies the site was very well designed and does not stand out as an obvious 'new' building. It fits in so well that I've even had to look at a map to confirm where I thought the bus station was. Oddly I thought its name was the Central Bus station, being as it was more or less opposite the Central Station (train station) but googling Central Bus Station brings up lots of links to the current bus station of that name near Leeds Market. I presume its name must have been the Wellington Street Bus Station.

I then thought of the West Yorkshire bus station on Vicar Lane and the Wallace Arnold bus station on The Calls. Though I don't recall it I know from having heard of it that there was a bus station on Rockingham Street that was lost in the building of the Merrion Centre.

Without having to search through hundreds of links I have found it hard to readily obtain information and/or photos on the old bus stations in the centre of Leeds. I wonder if anyone knows of any books/websites that may have such things? If there are none then I think that for someone with more ability than me it could be a good historical record to produce a book/booklet.


Leodian, the Rockingham Street stands are documented (with maps) in one of the Merrion Centre threads, sited under the upperarcades by Morrisons. Here are some of them.

http://www.secretleeds.co.uk/forum/Messages.aspx?ThreadID=641&HighLight=1

http://www.secretleeds.co.uk/forum/Messages.aspx?ThreadID=1309&StartAtMessage=25&HighLight=1

http://www.secretleeds.co.uk/forum/Messages.aspx?ThreadID=1311&StartAtMessage=25

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Postby Phill_dvsn » Wed 10 Aug, 2011 10:08 pm

chameleon wrote:
Phill_dvsn wrote:
Here's a small bus station I'm struggling to place in Leeds
http://www.flickr.com/photos/cliffordstead/5397824747/

    


Other side of the road from Central bus station opposite the multistory carpark.

Thanks.
Yes I can work out where it was, I just can't really recall it being a bus station. Do you know what year it closed? And did it become a car park, or some kind of filling station in the 70's?
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Postby chameleon » Wed 10 Aug, 2011 10:13 pm

Phill_dvsn wrote:
chameleon wrote:
Phill_dvsn wrote:
Here's a small bus station I'm struggling to place in Leeds
http://www.flickr.com/photos/cliffordstead/5397824747/

    


Other side of the road from Central bus station opposite the multistory carpark.

Thanks.
Yes I can work out where it was, I just can't really recall it being a bus station. Do you know what year it closed? And did it become a car park, or some kind of filling station in the 70's?


It had Green busses, Wset Riding maybe? es it was a temporary car park when cleared - it's a rather dim memory Phill, wonder if Blakey will know.

Edit: think this might be the garage

http://www.leodis.net/display.aspx?resourceIdentifier=2407

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Postby simong » Wed 10 Aug, 2011 10:36 pm

I spent quite a few Sundays at Wellington Street in the mid-80s, waiting for the bus to Middlesbrough. It was even more bleak and windswept on a Sunday with very little nearby. Even the snack bar closed just about as I got off the bus from Doncaster. The Wellington pub must have been nearby but I can't remember it being open even after the licensing laws changed.
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Postby liits » Wed 10 Aug, 2011 10:54 pm

The picture on cliffordstead's flicker site was more or less as the former bus station remained until the late 80, [I'm sure]. I'm also quite sure that the rounded building remained but without its cannopy, the building itself being used as the office for the car park that the bus station had turned into. The first building put up on the site is still there, just shielded by whatever frots onto New York Street.
The attached phot is a capture from the 2002 version of Google Earth and shows this new building with the New York St. side of the site still undeveloped.
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Postby Phill_dvsn » Wed 10 Aug, 2011 11:39 pm

Thanks liits. That jogs the memory a bit.
I've just found this photo where the bus station stood too.


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Postby majorhoundii » Thu 11 Aug, 2011 12:41 am

Phill_dvsn wrote:
chameleon wrote:
Phill_dvsn wrote:
Here's a small bus station I'm struggling to place in Leeds
http://www.flickr.com/photos/cliffordstead/5397824747/

    


Other side of the road from Central bus station opposite the multistory carpark.

Thanks.
Yes I can work out where it was, I just can't really recall it being a bus station. Do you know what year it closed? And did it become a car park, or some kind of filling station in the 70's?


It was used by the West Riding no 10 buses from Wakefield. They used to be the distinctive red AEC Roe bodied central entrance double deckers. But these were eventually replaced by red versions of the ill fated Wulfrunians, and then by run of the mill green West Riding buses.
I believe that after that the site was occupied by Autoglass, but I'm not sure what's thre now.

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Postby liits » Thu 11 Aug, 2011 12:50 am

Phill_dvsn wrote:
Thanks liits. That jogs the memory a bit.
I've just found this photo where the bus station stood too.

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I think that that's the bit between Cross York Street and Harper Street, the former bus station would have been behind the photographer.
Well done to Majorhoudini for remembering that the building was Autoglass. I was thinking Kwikfit.
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Postby abbey runner » Thu 11 Aug, 2011 10:42 am

I remember the old West Riding bus station very well. My sisters used to live in Outwood and we used to catch the 110 from there.
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