It is pleasing to see a local authority upgrading facilities for bus users,
especially when in this case, the changes are driven by a desire to benefit people with disabilities.
Middlesbrough Bus Station is one of the best facilities that I know of, with numerous stands and ample layover parking for buses.
It is cleverly designed to make best use of space and includes stands at two levels. Dedicated coach bays are included at a higher level above the main concourse and there is a decent a waiting area for coach passengers. It is ideally placed, very close to the shopping area but has its own bus exit and entrance unencumbered by queues to car parks. When looking at the most recent offerings of new bus stations it is pretty obvious that for some reason, the Middlesbrough design hasn't made it into the 'How to Design a Bus Station' manual for local authorities. If you know of any well designed bus stations that work well or have examples of those that don't fit the bill please send details to firstname.lastname@example.org we will post details on this site. David Gambles