Wolverhampton's second, but short-lived Bus Station (off Railway Drive), 1981.
In 1980, WMPTE constructed a new bus station in Wolverhampton to take the bus services displaced by the closure of Victoria Square Bus Station, and St James Square bus terminus in 1980. The bus station was built between Railway Drive and Horseley Fields on land that had once belonged to British Railway's, placing the new bus station close to the Town’s railway station and making it an ideal interchange point.
The new bus station, seen here from Railway Drive on 30th June 1981 (when still relatively new), was to be a short lived affair. In 1985, it was closed and completely demolished, with the ground level raised to make way for a much larger bus station, which could accommodate all of the town’s services. The new bus station fully opened on 26th October 1986.
To the left of this picture can be seen an empty car park, but this was in fact intended to be part of the Eastern side of the Town’s Ring Road, which was then still in the early stages of construction. However, like the bus station, plans changed and the road level was considerably sunken at this point, and a flyover built above it, to allow Railway Drive (in the foreground) to continue to serve the Town's Railway Station without intersecting the Ring Road and having to construct a major junction at this location.
The dark bricked building behind the bus station, is the back of the New Inn public house, which stood on Horseley Fields. Today, everything in this picture has long since disappeared, and the scene is altered beyond all recognition