Isle of Wight Nostalgia - Albert Street Bus Terminus

Albert Street bus station

A bus enters the bus station on a peaceful May weekday

Albert Street bus station

The bus station could, at times, be packed with holidaymakers destined for Blackgang Chine and locals going shopping in Newport

Ready to depart

An open topper ready to depart for Shanklin in August 1979, complete with a band wearing fancy dress.

Empty bus station!

Three buses have recently departed. The Coconut Grove in the background was a nightclub (and originally a Town Hall) before burning down. The charred roof can be seen from the downs (see the photos from St. Boniface).

The site in May 2000

The site in May 2000 - a surgery and flats replace most of the area.

The site in May 2000

The nightclub has also been converted into flats. In fact the flats seem to have been designed well (at least from the outside) and blend in well with the surrounding architecture - something sadly lacking from many other recent developments on the Island.

The site in May 2000

This view shows where passengers once waited away from the road. There is now only room for one bus to stop here now.

The South Wight Chronicle reports the new arrangements following closure in May 1992 This converted bus stop kept guard over the driver's parking place.

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