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Mansfield's new bus station
Mansfield's new bus station: VIPs visit

Photographs by Colin Sellers; text by Oliver Foreman

Added to website 21 March 2013

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Although not operational until Easter Sunday 31 March (with Family Fun the day before 11am - 3pm) Mansfield's new bus station was officially opened by the Right Honourable Patrick McLoughlin, Secretary of State for Transport, on Monday 18th March (a week later than originally intended owing to the Secretary of State being called urgently to Brussels).

It proved to be an informal and enjoyable event attended by a cross section of the community, including pupils from Mansfield's Queen Elizabeth's Academy who previously had been involved in burying a time capsule under the bus station. Representatives from the bus companies, the builders Kier and Nottinghamshire and Mansfield Councils were in attendance. We were entertained by Worksop Miners' Welfare Band and light refreshments were served. Seven buses and coaches (including the trentbarton 'centenary' bus) were parked on the stands.

Focus Transport was invited along. Colin Sellers took the pictures you see on this page (plus many more) and Oliver Foreman enjoyed the refreshments! Please see below for an illustrated guide to the morning.

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The Secretary of State kindly posed for Colin to take this photograph exclusive to Focus Transport.

Set A:

The arrival of the VIPs and the formalities

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A1 & A2. The Secretary of State for Transport and representatives from Notts. C. C. travel by train from Nottingham and alight at Mansfield Station.

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A3 & A4. The Secretary of State cuts the ribbon officially opening the footbridge leading from the train station to the bus station. With him are Cllr Kay Cutts, Leader of Notts. C. C., Cllr Carol Pepper, Chairperson of Notts. C.C. and Tony Egginton, Executive Mayor of Mansfield.

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A5 & A6. As the official party emerges from the footbridge and looks down into the main hall [far end], the Worksop Miners' Welfare Band welcomes them with music.

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A7 & A8. The party crosses the main concourse to prepare for the speeches and official opening of the bus station. Tim Gregory, Corporate Director, Environment & Resources, Notts. C. C., (looking up near the podium) addresses us first and asks us to watch a short presentation about the the development of the bus station on the large screen above. Speeches are then delivered by Cllr Carol Pepper, Chairperson of the Council, and Tony Egginton, Executive Mayor of Mansfield.

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A9 & A10. The Secretary of State then takes to the podium. The theme of all the speeches was how good it is that such a wonderful facility has been built and all the problems overcome in such a difficult economic climate. The Right Honourable Patrick McLoughlin then unveiled the plaque. With him are Mark Spencer, MP for Sherwood, Chairperson of Notts. C. C. Carol Pepper, Executive Mayor of Mansfield Tony Egginton, and Alan Meale, MP for Mansfield.


Set B:

The man who made it happen!

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B1. A very relieved Project Lead Officer Paul Horn! This is the the end of 8 years of hard and sometimes frustrating work for Paul. The result is truly splendid. But Paul cannot relax . . . the proposed new Worksop bus station needs his expertise.


Set C:

Outside

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C1 & C2. Looking towards the bus station from the train station.

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C3 & C4. Both pictures taken from similar spots. Left looking towards the train station; right towards the bus station.

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C5 & C6. The Quaker Way entrance.

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C7 & C8. Drivers' eye views.

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C9 to C14. The bus and coach stands.

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Set D:

Inside

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D1 & D2. Entrance at the shop end.

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D3 & D4. At the other end in what will be the cafe was a commemorative cake. Not sure about the make and ownership of that vehicle!

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D5 & D6. The upstairs drivers' room takes shape.

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D7 & D8. Looking from the balcony.

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D9 to D10. Looking in one direction . . . and then turning round, looking out above the cafe to the railway viaduct.

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D11 & D12. The top floor with the lift and stairs . . . and turning round to see the footbridge towards the railway station.

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D13. And finally being interviewed, a regular follower of Focus Transport, Gary Nolan, formerly Managing Director of Stagecoach East Midlands and now Stagecoach Regional Director (North).
On 18 March the BBC East Midlands evening news reported that a bus company was to invest 1 million pounds in new buses for the Mansfield area. I wonder if that is Stagecoach?

This interesting booklet was available in the bus station free of charge:

Mansfield's transport history

This leaflet has been produced to promote the new bus station:

Mansfield bus station information
Mansfield bus station information


More photographs on Focus on Flickr HERE


See also on this website:

Mansfield's new bus station part one HERE

100+ years of Mansfield public transport HERE

Mansfield 2001: part one (leading to parts 2 to 5) HERE


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