Friday, 28 February 2014

Saturday Breakfast Show 'Strange But True' for 1st Mar 2014 Part 2 of 2

Special Fact file

End of an era Nothampton’s GreyFriars

Bus Station Closes

 and the New Northgate Bus Interchange opens!

Strange But True facts for March 1st 2014 part 2 of 2

  1. GreyFriars Bus Station opened in 1976, owned by Northampton Borough Council.
  2. Grey Friars cost just over £7 Million. equivalent of today's price of over £50 million.
  3. Greyfriars replaced the former location at the Derngate, Northampton.
  4. After the Derngate station closed in 1976, Royal & Derngate Theatre extended their building into the former bus station site.
  5. Dutch engineering firm Lummus  relocate from their offices in London, and were located above the Greyfriars Bus Station.
  6. In 1986 Lummus pull out of the UK leaving the offices vacant.
  7. Barclaycard move in to the vacant offices in 1987.
  8. A decade later Barclaycard pull out of the Greyfriars building 
  9. 2009 Northampton Borough Council announce plans for the former Fish Market site.
  10. New Nortgate Bus Interchange  opens to the public on Sunday 2nd March 2014 at a cost of £7 million
  11. A £3 million refurbishment of the Grosvenor Shopping Centre is currently underway, due for completion in September 2014. New entrance canopies, refurbished toilets, updated ceilings, lighting, flooring, lifts and signage are all part of the refurbishment. The Grosvenor Shopping centre also plans to expand to the former Greyfriars bus station site.

Jerry Wright

Saturday Breakfast Show with Jerry Wright broadcasts on

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