History of Swindon's bus station

A trip through time

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With work due to start on redeveloping Fleming Way as the town's new bus interchange Dave Woods looks back at this history of Swindon's bus station.

 

Past

Before 1966 Swindon had no bus station, and buses departed from street stops in and around Regent Circus. The first bus station was opened in 1966, in the Queenstown area of the town, on the site of the tram station in Corporation Street.

The site was redeveloped in the 1980s, initially, what today is known as Tri-Centre One building was built and back onto the station. Following expansion the bus station was moved approx. 100 meters whilst the old bus station was replaced by further office accommodation, now used by Zurich Financial Services, Capita & Offices.co.uk .

 

Present

The existing bus station was constructed in the late 1980s, adjacent to the former site of Thamesdown Transport's garages. It predominantly acts as a terminus for buses serving destinations outside of the Swindon urban area or non-frequent services. It is also used as a coach stop for National Express.

 

And Future

In 2004, Swindon Borough Council announced the proposed redevelopment of the town centre area including the bus station. Thamesdown Transport moved from their Corporation Street home to a new facility at Barnfield in 2005, with the land earmarked for conversion to commercial properties. In 2015, a multi-storey carpark adjacent to the bus station was demolished as part of this scheme. In 2024 the bus station will be decommissioned and a new bus interchange will be created along Fleming Way, the on the sites of the former Parade multi-story car park and Catherine Street car park.