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)
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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.
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#4
It'd take an atomic bomb to redevelop Ashington! Smile
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(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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(17/07/2015, 17:18)aureolin Wrote: It'd take an atomic bomb to redevelop Ashington! Smile

I'd happily set it off...  Wink
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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.
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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.
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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.
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(24/07/2015, 09:24)GX03 SVC Wrote: 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. Buses will stop on Woodhorn Road: Sports Direct: 1 (Blyth), X21 (Newcastle), 35 (Morpeth). Nisa: 1 (Cresswell), X21 (Newbiggin), 35 (Newbiggin). I haven't been told where the X22 will stop but it's likely that it will depart from Sports Direct after going via Hirst Castle and the A197.

Punctuality on the X22 will be top notch then....
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#12
Looks like they've started early on the final part of the depot, it's currently being torn down at the moment.

4Paws is still there, along with 1&2 Lintonville Terrace. The carpet shop, tip top tyres and the model shop is still there.
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(01/08/2015, 13:54)GX03 SVC Wrote: Looks like they've started early on the final part of the depot, it's currently being torn down at the moment.

4Paws is still there, along with 1&2 Lintonville Terrace. The carpet shop, tip top tyres and the model shop is still there.

Didn't know there was a model shop at Ashington.
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#14
The supervisor gave me wrong info on the stand relocations so here are the correct ones;

SUNDAY 2ND AUGUST VALID 0800 UNTIL 1300
Buses to Newbiggin, Cresswell, Newcastle and Blyth depart from a temporary stop outside the Carpet Shop opposite Asda. This is services 1, X21, X22 and 35 (towards Newbiggin).

Buses to Morpeth depart from the usual stop at Sports Direct. This is service 35 towards Morpeth only.

(01/08/2015, 13:55)Michael Wrote: Didn't know there was a model shop at Ashington.

It's been closed for around 7 years.
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(01/08/2015, 15:08)GX03 SVC Wrote: The supervisor gave me wrong info on the stand relocations so here are the correct ones;

SUNDAY 2ND AUGUST VALID 0800 UNTIL 1300
Buses to Newbiggin, Cresswell, Newcastle and Blyth depart from a temporary stop outside the Carpet Shop opposite Asda. This is services 1, X21, X22 and 35 (towards Newbiggin).

Buses to Morpeth depart from the usual stop at Sports Direct. This is service 35 towards Morpeth only.


It's been closed for around 7 years.

Lmao no the wonder
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#16
(01/08/2015, 15:13)Michael Wrote: Lmao no the wonder

I vaguely recall that it had been flooded beforehand, it was 8-ish years ago so I don't remember much as I never walked that way towards McDonalds and Asda, I always walked down the back of the old depot.
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#17
The depot is no more now...
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#18
Looks like the new bus station will be some time, Arriva have issued the supervisors with "Customer Service Information" hi-vis jackets and "Here to help" stickers on the portacabin.
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(12/08/2015, 13:03)GX03 SVC Wrote: Looks like the new bus station will be some time, Arriva have issued the supervisors with "Customer Service Information" hi-vis jackets and "Here to help" stickers on the portacabin.

I was there yesterday, bus station looks like a war zone.

Has anyone been to Hirst recently, the place is scary. Got off the bus at the wrong stop and went to the library to ask for directions. Place is full of people who think they are all as hard as nails. Had an idiot in an orange boiler suit standing staring at me as I walked across a car park, then 3 nutters started following me. Finally a complete stranger threatened to kick the f*** out of me for no reason. All this happened in under 10 minutes.

Terrible place.

Charles
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(12/08/2015, 13:18)Charles41 Wrote: I was there yesterday, bus station looks like a war zone.

Has anyone been to Hirst recently, the place is scary. Got off the bus at the wrong stop and went to the library to ask for directions. Place is full of people who think they are all as hard as nails. Had an idiot in an orange boiler suit standing staring at me as I walked across a car park, then 3 nutters started following me. Finally a complete stranger threatened to kick the f*** out of me for no reason. All this happened in under 10 minutes.

Terrible place.

Charles

Good god.

When you say Hirst do you mean the Wansbeck Hospital/North Seaton area or the town centre? I know that the entire area was once called Hirst. 

I've walked through every part of Ashington except Fallowfields/Green Lane. Do never under any circumstances get off the X22 in that place.
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