Plenty of room for more of your Hartlepool bus memories

The bus station shortly before its demolition in 1993.
The bus station shortly before its demolition in 1993.

All aboard for your memories of the old bus station in Hartlepool.

It’s long gone but not forgotten – as our recent appeal for memories proved.

The 1991 photograph which prompted so many of you to comment.

The 1991 photograph which prompted so many of you to comment.

We asked who remembered the station which was right next to Church Square and thousands of you responded, with plenty adding a touch of colour with their memories of it.

Christina Cheesbrough said: “The National coach used to bring me to Hartlepool and back to Leicester to see my mum and gran, happy days. They used to greet me at this station and also see me off with tears in their eyes.”

Angela Duff called it a “Fascinating photo” and added: “I only moved to Hartlepool 15 years ago, from outside the region. Please can someone tell me where the bus station was? What is there now?”

And lots of you helped Angela out with further details.

The National coach used to bring me to Hartlepool and back to Leicester to see my mum and gran, happy days. They used to greet me at this station and also see me off with tears in their eyes

Christina Cheesbrough

Andrea Lamb said: “That is at the top of Church Street where the traffic lights and train station car park is,” while Fred Corbett said: “It’s in exactly the same location as The Transport Interchange, opposite Christ Church.”

June Sewell commented: “Remember it well, was such a busy place” and Stanley David Hansford told us: “I remember that station. I went to Durham with friends in the 70s. Good times.”

We are also grateful to Sylvia Liddle who told us: “It was the United National. Used to get the London bus from there, also the local United buses left from there too.

“In the 1960s used to get the ICI bus which went to the offices in Billingham at 8am to start work at 8.30 am. always tried to get the front seats upstairs for the view and had my bacon sandwich which my dad did for my breakfast as I had to get the blue Hartlepool bus at 7.30, first to get to the United station. Good memories.”

Anthony Hall said he used to get the TMS to Trimdon and the National coaches to London and back.

For Janet Mann, it was the 242 service to Durham “to my uncle’s when I was kid.”

Colin Fleet used to get the 222 to Greatham while Therese Allen remembered the G&B bus to Wingate in the late fifties, early sixties. It had “brown and cream livery,” said Therese.

Mary Ann Cross was another TMS user while Lisa Connor recalled getting the “222 to Billingham ice rink....good old days.”

Keith Dawkins said: “Trimdon Motor Services United to Stockton and Middlesbrough” while Wayne Teal recalled: “The number 15 hoppa bus to Rift House and Owton Manor.”

And thanks to Richard Lees who said: “You mostly caught ‘United’ and ‘TMS’ buses from the bus station.”

And to Sonja Mason who commented: “That was the United bus station at the top of Church Street. Always busy, good days.”