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Ashington redevelopments
#1
With the demolition of the old depot imminent and the leisure/community centre just past the halfway (if not towards 3/4 done) point, I think it's ought that we have a thread about the redevelopments which are starting to take shape now.

The current bus station will be demolished to make way for the new County Hall, while the bus station will be adjacent to where the old car dealership and model shop is.

I'm expecting that there will be minor disruption/bus stop relocations in the town centre over the coming months, if not, early-next year.

More details on the redevelopments available here. (PDF)
Tom | omnicity4659.co.uk  

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#2
This thread sprung to mind when viewing a Facebook page some of my friends have recently liked. It seems that residents of Bedlington are getting a bit annoyed that Ashington always seems to take priority, with Bedlington getting peanuts in comparison. 

Going off what I've seen, it's true, Ashington seems to have far better facilities etc. already, so is there really any need for these redevelopments, when a town nearby has nothing- having said that I know which place I'd rather spend some time in...

If anyone would like to check out the page, it's called "Make A Noise For Bedlington", most of the points seem pretty valid...
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#3
Demolition of the old bus depot has begun. The bus station is expected to close next weekend.
Tom | omnicity4659.co.uk  

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#4
It'd take an atomic bomb to redevelop Ashington! Smile
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#5
(17/07/2015, 17:18)aureolin Wrote: It'd take an atomic bomb to redevelop Ashington! Smile
After my trip there recently I'd be happy for the place to be nuked. How the hell can something like sand blow in your eyes constantly for 50 minutes when it's nowhere near the seaside!
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(17/07/2015, 17:25)Jimmi Wrote: After my trip there recently I'd be happy for the place to be nuked. How the hell can something like sand blow in your eyes constantly for 50 minutes when it's nowhere near the seaside!

The coast is 2 miles away!
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#7
(17/07/2015, 17:18)aureolin Wrote: It'd take an atomic bomb to redevelop Ashington! Smile

I'd happily set it off...  Wink
Tom | omnicity4659.co.uk  

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(17/07/2015, 17:25)Jimmi Wrote: After my trip there recently I'd be happy for the place to be nuked. How the hell can something like sand blow in your eyes constantly for 50 minutes when it's nowhere near the seaside!

I've got to say that I wondered why there was sand in the bus station a few months back... Asda needs to be nuked and built by the hospital in the field. The 'bus-rail' interchange could have been where Asda is. Asda messed the flow of traffic leaving 35s being cancelled and occasionally running in twos on the old 20min frequency via the bus station to Morpeth.
Tom | omnicity4659.co.uk  

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#9
The depot has now been half demolished overnight. The main office building is the only part of the depot to be knocked down.

I'll miss the old depot and the adjoining bus station, I couldn't believe it's been six years since I used to walk down the back of the depot on the way to Asda.
Tom | omnicity4659.co.uk  

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#10
Where do I start...

There is now just the depot office building remaining now, the motorcycle and car repair shop adjacent to the bus station has been demolished. The bus station will be closed on Sunday 2nd August for one day. 1 (All Destinations), X21/22 (All Destinations) and 35 (Newbiggin) will stop outside the carpet shop opposite Asda. 35 towards Morpeth will stop outside Sports Direct as before.
Tom | omnicity4659.co.uk  

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