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Kaga simpson
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1 of 7  Sun 15th Oct 2017 10:34am  
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On 14th Oct 2017 9:52am, mcsporran said: 14th October 1994. The new Pool Meadow bus station opens.
mcsporran. Ah! but does the new Pool Meadow come up to scratch with old? The last-second dash for the last bus home, the last last lingering kiss, the last farewells, the 'tiffs' that had you in tears and wondering what you had said or done wrong. The Fire Brigade held their open days on Pool Meadow, all the machines parked there, the T.L being the pride and joy, crowds of people, kids everywhere, demonstrations, competitions between the red and blue teams, stand pipe races, boys turning every wheel or touching every switch they were asked not to, the ice cream van, the man with the contraption of musical instruments playing them all, The Salvation Army Band, the guy with boards saying 'the last day's approacheth', the bits of lollipops melting on the seats, the bell being rang constantly, the spearmint gum placed on the machines that took a devil of a time to clean. Coaches to the races, coaches to the seaside, a constant stream of people entering and leaving . . .
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Dreamtime
Perth Western Australia
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2 of 7  Sun 15th Oct 2017 3:26pm  
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Ah! I remember the old Pool Meadow vividly Kaga, even the steamed up cafe. Nothing will ever give off the same atmosphere as that one. Thanks for the memories. Thumbs up
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AD
Allesley Park
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3 of 7  Tue 17th Oct 2017 2:12pm  
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On 15th Oct 2017 10:34am, Kaga simpson said:
On 14th Oct 2017 9:52am, mcsporran said: 14th October 1994. The new Pool Meadow bus station opens.
mcsporran. Ah! but does the new Pool Meadow come up to scratch with old?
Yes, it does come up to scratch with the old - just depends on which you were brought up with. I've similar memories as yours, but they're associated with the new Pool Meadow due to my age. Doesn't make the old one better than the new, or vice versa. The new one I think the architectural detail (classical columns etc) is pretty naff but the layout to allow a lot of buses etc to park up is pretty good. A lot of what is wrong with it relates to it's surroundings, most notably the hotel. As I've said before, I'd close Pool Meadow, move the whole bus/coach station into the Friargate development to make an integrated transport interchange and run a loop hop-on/off service into and around the city centre. Apart from for deliveries etc you could have an almost traffic free city centre inside the ring road because it's such a small area to cover.
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Kaga simpson
Peacehaven, East Sussex
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4 of 7  Tue 17th Oct 2017 3:20pm  
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AD. Agree with you entirely.
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NeilsYard
Coventry
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5 of 7  Sat 28th Oct 2017 12:35am  
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NeilsYard
Coventry
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6 of 7  Fri 5th Jan 2018 5:20pm  
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Some terrific images I have just been given permission to share from one of the Coventry FB pages. Thanks to Phil Consadine who was given these photos by an engineer who worked for Bunty Coaches. Pool Meadow junction with Priory Street facing towards Ford Street. On the first picture, if you look to the right you can see the Coaches plying for day trips, Birmingham and the Villa, Horse Racing at Cheltenham or even the seaside at Skeggy. On the back of the *Midland Red*, double decker is an advert for Goodwins Flour, if you look at one of the other pictures you can see Goodwins Mill chimney rising above Godfreys Travel Agents.
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NeilsYard
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7 of 7  Sun 14th Jan 2018 3:26pm  
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Here's a good one of the cafe and the view before Priory Halls / The de Vere mucked up the view of the new Cathedral.
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