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“This is what happens when you don`t maintain as asset.”

Preston Bus Station
Preston
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77 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
“This is what happens when you don`t maintain as asset.”
Reviewed 29 January 2014

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.

Visited January 2014
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Lancashire
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31 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Wonderful place”
Reviewed 14 January 2014

Grade II Listed for a reason. Now for the Council to do something about it. A true transport hub for the youngest city in Lancashire - 80 bus gates and 1,100 car parking places make it the go-to place for travelling in and around the area.

The cafe inside may have been sent direct from the 1970s but it does good scran for cheap pennies, and that's all that matters.

Visited January 2014
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Preston, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Disgusting place”
Reviewed 25 December 2013 via mobile

Horrible building...it smells of pee
Depressing place
No maintenance has been done since it was built
A proper landmark for a crap city as preston

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Preston, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Unique and proud of it”
Reviewed 29 October 2013

Personally I like the fact that you can wait for your bus in the dry and have easy access to shops and a cafe (especially if waiting for a link bus to further afield) unlike may other nearby areas.
I think its a shame that most of the reviewers here chosen to leave negative comments (presumably locals with an 'axe to grind'?). Anyway, having something different is what makes people want to go visit places! If it needs sprucing up, then put your energies into doing something about it, then you can be the proud city you should be rather than some grumpy or unknown backwater.

Visited October 2013
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Baesystems
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112 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“Should be demolished”
Reviewed 8 October 2013

Preston Bus Station has unfortunately "Had It's Day" and should be demolished. It should be replaced by a modern building that will suit the travellers of today. Although it is an iconic building it is need of serious renovation, hence my previous comments.

Visited May 2013
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