The new National Express coach station on Bradford Street will be fully-functioning tomorrow. Some, like Karen Strunks are looking forward to the new station with its Starbucks, WH Smith and an Uppercrust bakery, which promises to be a vast improvement on the older model she’d photographed above. Others, like Ian Jelf, aren’t so pleased because it’s situated ‘that little bit “out” of the City centre in a still-not-very-brilliant area.’ Grrrr…
I’m very happy the plush new station is ready to go, if only because I’ll no longer get accosted by panicked-looking people with suitcases demanding to know, “Where’s the coach station?” The temporary move across the road seemed to be more than many could handle.
So happy, I’d quite like to spend some time in there, enjoying the luxuries it has to offer and talking to the passengers passing though, gathering tales of their journeys via Digbeth – where they’ve come from, where they’re going to, their reasons for travel and their experience of the new station along the way.
I suspect the most colourful tales could be gathered during the loud and lively party season that’s about to hit us, so I’m planning my sit-in for the liveliest night of them all. I’ll be arriving at the coach station at 6pm on 31st December and will be staying there until 6am on 1st January – seeing in the brand New Year in a brand new coach station, hopefully gathering some interesting stories from party-goers, commuters and coach station workers whilst I’m there. If you fancy joining me, I’d love some company, but won’t hold out too much hope on that score. If you’re passing through or near the coach station over that time, please seek me out and stop for chat!