Blackpool Bus Hub at Corporation Street in the town centre

Blackpool Bus Hub and the Old Bus Station

During 2019 work was carried out in the town centre to complete the new Blackpool Bus Hub. It makes getting around the Fylde Coast even easier than before.

Plans for New Bus Lane Cameras

Blackpool Council has submitted outline plans to introduce bus lane enforcement cameras on part of Market Street, Church Street and Corporation Street. The move is intended to improve bus passenger journey times in the town centre.  

The cameras will enforce restrictions between the hours of 10.30am and 6pm, on the corner of West Street behind the Municipal Buildings and on the corner of Market Street and Church Street. They are to deter drivers who flout the law by driving in areas designated for buses and taxis.  

Plans for new bus lane cameras
Plans for new bus lane cameras

Across many other towns in the UK, bus lane enforcement has been introduced to improve bus journey times and reliability of services for passengers. It also ensures that emergency vehicles and taxis can maintain access to key areas.  

As part of ‘Making Blackpool Better’ plans, Corporation Street now has more space for buses to stop and wait. It’s easier for passengers to connect with other services in the town centre. Recent work has included widening the road for safer access for buses and taxis, as well as improving the road and pavement surfaces.  

If approved, the next phase of the plans would include the introduction of the cameras. Cabinet Member approval has been granted for the council to publish public notices in The Gazette. From the date the notices are placed (6 September 2021), there is a minimum three-week consultation period during which any comments will be considered. If, following the period of consultation, the scheme is approved, the council will make the order to proceed with the improvements.     

Buses, Taxis and Authorised Vehicles only

It’s intended that the cameras will operate from 10.30am to 6pm, seven days a week, enforcing restrictions during this timeframe. Only buses, taxis and authorised vehicles will be permitted during those times. Clear signposting will ensure that motorists are aware that enforcement is taking place. 

If installation proceeds, an initial grace period will be in place during which any unauthorised driver using the bus lanes will be issued with a warning letter rather than a fine. This is to ensure that motorists have time to familiarise themselves with the new changes. 

As part of the plans, drivers who persist in using the bus lanes will be fined £60. However, if payment is made within 14 days of the Penalty Charge Notice (PCN) being served, the charge will be reduced to £30. If payment is made after a service of charge certificate (after 28 days), the fine would increase to £90. Any PCNs issued will include full details on what to do, how to pay and how to appeal.  

In the past, people have abused the bus lane by parking in taxi and bus bays. Hopefully the introduction enforcement cameras can provide a deterrent to any driver who is tempted to abuse the bus lane. 

Blackpool Bus Hub

Market Street (below) and Corporation Street (above) form a loop in the heart of the town centre, where you can catch and change buses and get travel information.

Blackpool Bus Hub at Market Street
Blackpool Bus Hub at Market Street

We took a walk around the block for you, in February 2021. See how the bus hub works in this short video –

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Close to the promenade and the tram stop at Festival House, the new bus hub makes it easy for you to hop on and off buses and trams.

Blackpool Transport is the main transport provider here on the Fylde Coast. They operate buses and the trams.

Promenade tram stop at Festival House
Promenade tram stop at Festival House

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Don’t forget! You can also catch the old-style Heritage Trams from their special stop at North Pier too. Not just a tourist attraction, but they’re also a great way to get around! More about Blackpool Heritage Trams

Connect to Local Services

Use the bus hub to travel into and from the town centre and connect to other services across the Fylde Coast. Most routes use the new stops on Corporation Street. Any others that don’t do stop nearby at Abingdon Street and Dickson Road.

The Blackpool Transport Customer Centre is also on Market Street. Pop in there to find out what you want to know. Timetable, wayfinding and ticketing information is available there for residents and visitors.

It also brings the tramway, bus hub and railway station as close to each other as they can be, at the northern end of the town. It’s also close to the new tramway interchange, being built at Talbot Road.

Bus hub at Market Street, Blackpool
Bus hub at Market Street, Blackpool

Improvements at Blackpool Bus Hub

The work at Market Street was completed first, making it a more attractive space that’s easier to use. Then works began at Corporation Street to transform the old and dingy street scene…

Corporation Street before the bus hub works were carried out
Corporation Street before the bus hub works were carried out

By October 2019, works at Corporation Street were complete.

The road’s now widened, making it safer for buses and taxis. There’s an extra bus lane and new bus stops. The road and pavements have all been improved. Blackpool Council’s Local Transport Plan funded the work.

Works underway at Corporation Street
Works underway at Corporation Street
Completed bus hub works at Corporation Street
Completed bus hub works at Corporation Street

The Old Blackpool Bus Station

Do you remember using the old Blackpool Bus Station?

Former Talbot Road bus station in Blackpool
Former Talbot Road bus station in Blackpool. Photo from Pinterest

Formerly at Talbot Road it closed in 2002. Now redeveloped and cleaned up, the ground floor houses a gym and restaurant with the upper floors offering modern, safe parking space. It’s part of the redevelopment of the Talbot Gateway.

Talbot Road Car Park in Blackpool town centre
Talbot Road Car Park in Blackpool town centre

Rigby Road Bus Depot

The Blackpool Transport Bus Depot is based at Rigby Road, not far from the promenade near Central Pier. Built in the mid 1980’s its original purpose was servicing bin lorries!

Planning is underway for a much needed upgrade. The year-long scheme will consolidate three buildings into one. The vision is to have a fleet of zero emission buses by 2030.

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3 thoughts on “Blackpool Bus Hub and the Old Bus Station”

  1. Dont use The Leverdale used Covid as excuse not to clean rooms during stay classed cleaning toilet shower as room service didn’t even provide cleaning materials to do ourselves so much for hygiene!!!
    Primitive place to stay

  2. bus hub just a glorified collection of bus shelters typical blackpool has a so called bus station for national express buses an area off the main car park with a hut called the booking office and toilets that cost 40p to use a few bus shelters and no refreshment facilities the town centre is now a haven for dole dossers and losers to live and is so run down avoid the place and visit anywhere else the bed and breakfasts are stuck in the sixtys advertising colour televisions in the rooms do yourselves a favour AVOID AT ALL COSTS

    1. If Blackpool is bad I’m sure there are towns out there that are much worse then Blackpool, like Skegness Scunthorpe, Essex

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