PICTURE GALLERY: Doncaster’s bygone bus stations

The old North Bus Station in its heyday.
The old North Bus Station in its heyday.
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Can you recall waiting in the draughty gloom of the North Bus Station waiting for your fare home?
Racing trough the subway beneath Trafford Way just before your brown and cream double decker pulled away from the stop?

Or maybe you took a more leisurely approach with a pint in the Trades and Labour Club, a cuppa in the Northern Coach Bar or simply perusing in the long narrow newsagent’s shop?

The Old Salvation Army building as it stood on Trafford Way. Picture: Michael Deakin of Warmsworth.

The Old Salvation Army building as it stood on Trafford Way. Picture: Michael Deakin of Warmsworth.

If that brings back the memories, then you’ll have been on the buses in Doncaster during the 70s and 80s.

As well as the North Bus Station, now totally demolished and replaced by the Transport Interchange and extended Frenchgate Centre, if your destination was on the other side of town, then you’d head to the South Bus Station.

No-one was ever quite sure of the names - North or Northern? South or Southern? But both were dark, gloomy affairs - certainly not the kind of place you’d like to hang around at the wrong time of day.

Both boasted traditional ‘greasy spoon’ caffs while the Southern also had a taxi rank in the far corner for passengers wanting to continue their journeys.

These two massive banners unfurled over the former Gresley House, next to the railway station on Trafford Way, proclaim the coming of Doncaster's Frenchgate Interchange.

These two massive banners unfurled over the former Gresley House, next to the railway station on Trafford Way, proclaim the coming of Doncaster's Frenchgate Interchange.

For more exotic travel, the South station, which still remains pretty much intact as the Civic Quarter car park, it was from here that Doncaster’s National Express buses set off on their travels.

So sit back and enjoy some pictures from the past of Doncaster’s bygone bus stations.

Doncaster Trades and Labour Club at its old site on North Bridge, by the North Bus Station. Picture: Michael Deakin of Warmsworth.

Doncaster Trades and Labour Club at its old site on North Bridge, by the North Bus Station. Picture: Michael Deakin of Warmsworth.

Banner saying Doncaster South Bus Station will close following the last bus on Wednesday 7 June 2006.

Banner saying Doncaster South Bus Station will close following the last bus on Wednesday 7 June 2006.

Reconstruction work in progress at the former South Bus Station in 2006..

Reconstruction work in progress at the former South Bus Station in 2006..

Buses in front of the Arndale Centre in the 1980s.

Buses in front of the Arndale Centre in the 1980s.

The old Northern Bus Station.

The old Northern Bus Station.

Doncaster Railway Station viewed from across Trafford Way before the arrival of the Interchange.

Doncaster Railway Station viewed from across Trafford Way before the arrival of the Interchange.

Doncaster Railway Station in the 80s.

Doncaster Railway Station in the 80s.