Battle for Preston Bus Station features on BBC Culture Show

Posted on - 20th March, 2013 - 10:25pm | Author - | Posted in - Preston Bus Station, Preston News
View inside Preston Bus Station

View inside Preston Bus Station

The battle to save the Preston Bus Station has been featured on the BBC Culture Show.


The programme, a special on heritage and buildings, asked “is it a jewel or is it a carbunkle?”.

Presenter Tom Dyckhoff took in some sweeping shots of the Bus Station and interviewed Preston City Council leader Peter Rankin and Save the Bus Station campaigner John Wilson.

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Councillor Rankin went through the arguments about the cost to upgrade the building, saying it would cost £17m to bring up to modern standards. His interview was interrupted by a heckling shouting “knock it down”, causing much amusement to the BBC film crew.

John Wilson, who has led the campaign to save the building, vowed to fight tooth and nail to keep it and said “It’s heritage. You don’t demolish our history, you don’t demolish our heritage.”


We’ve put together some of the best reaction and our tweets on the Bus Station’s TV appearance.

Preston Bus Station on BBC Culture Show

Reaction to the appearance on the BBC2 Culture Show feature about Preston Bus Station

Storified by Blog Preston· Wed, Mar 20 2013 15:24:33

Nice work @tomdyckhoff giving Preston bus station some we’ll deserved screen time. It surely must be listed this time aroundDavid Procter
The man from @bbccultureshow thinks the Bus Station is beautiful. And now he’s jumping on a bus to finish his piece. Ah cliche.Blog Preston
Watching a piece about Preston Bus Station on The Culture Show, BBC 2. Why do they seem so impatient to knock it down?John Halliwell
Preston Bus station on BBC2 #FT
Preston bus station, now known as the Sydney Opera House of the north on BBC2 now. #savePrestonbusstationChesney
Ha! Rankin gets a "knock it down" heckle while doing his interview in Preston Bus Station @bbccultureshowBlog Preston
There’s a man on the Culture Show defending the Preston bus station/car park. I’d flatten the bloody thing, it’s a monstrosity #cultureshowAllen Donnelly
Preston Bus Station looking like a shithole on BBC2 #NoSurprisesmike litoris
Chatsworth House, yawn. Get the bus station on. #CultureShowJonathan Richardson
Looking forward to seeing Preston Bus Station on the culture show. (BBC 2 now!) That’s a building I’d love to photograph…sanna fp
We’re watching @bbccultureshow, a fleeting glimpse of Preston Bus Station in the opening. Now it’s some massive posh house.Blog Preston
For those who can’t get enough of it Preston Bus Station is on the Culture Show, BBC2 10 p.m. My personal choice is to use it for emergency accommodation for the homeless after the introduction of the bedroom tax.Ian Ferguson
Culture Show TonightBernie Blackburn
BBC Two – The Culture Show, 20/03/2013Andrew Graham-Dixon presents the Culture Show from Chatsworth House, Derbyshire. Chatsworth House has been chosen as the location for an …
Preston Bus Station prepares for starring role in BBC Culture ShowPreston’s troubled bus station is fast becoming a media celebrity. Following last week’s appearance on The Daily Politics show, and furth…

Did you watch the show? What did you think about the Bus Station’s appearance? Let us know in the comments below

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