Everything is in place to make this bus station something special. There are 80 stands, shops, a cafe, a travel advice centre and designed by an architect of world renown. It should be an asset but has had nothing of note spent on it in its entire life.
Consequentally, it is now a ramshackle, dirty cesspit of a building, smelling of urine outside the toilets, the door frames desperately in need of a paint job as they have been for years and a magnet for drunks and rowdy adolescents.
As a Prestonian all my life, the sight of it sends mixed messages to me. On the one hand I am proud of having such a building on my doorstep and on the other, ashamed that a council that I and others have tasked with looking after the city assets, has failed so spectacularly.
It needs millions spent on it (which is about same as what the maintenance cost would have been over the years), but this time, instead of being staged over about 50 years, all at once.
It does its job and it does it well, but now is the time to have a spend worthy of its status.
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