Bristol's New £200,000 Bus Station Opened
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THE £200,000 new bus station built at Whitson Street, Bristol, by the Bristol Omnibus Co., Ltd., was officially opened on Monday by the Lord Mayor, Aid, F. G. W. Chamberlain. Work on the project began in January, 1956, after several years of planning.
The station mainly caters for country services, with vehicles operating to all parts of Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire. Express services also start there and, through the company's connection with Associated Motorways, daily services are run to many parts of the country. Out of 799 buses that deal with this side of the company's activities, 122 will generally be garaged at the 2-acre station.
At the opening ceremony, Mr. S. Kennedy, chairman, said an important improvement would be that vehicles would no longer have to wait at the pavement edge, so there would be a sigai-. ficant lessening of traffic congestion, particularly in the centre of Bristol.
The Mayor said the station would be a great boon to country people. Referring to the alterations in services, he said there was hardly a route operated by the company which had not been changed in some way. In some cases, entirely new fare scales had had to be compiled, but it seemed that everything was working out successfully.
Mr. I. R. Patey, director and general manager, and Mr. C. H. S. Pickett, chairman of Bristol Joint Transport Committee, were also present at the opening ceremony.