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Traffic delays as lump of concrete falls from roof of Lincoln bus station

By Barnaby_B  |  Posted: May 28, 2012

  • The roof of Lincoln bus station being inspected after a piece of concrete fell from it

  • The roof of Lincoln bus station being inspected after a piece of concrete fell from it

  • The lump of concrete which is believed to have landed on a bus

  • All buses were forced to use the entrance/exit in Broadate

  • All buses were forced to use the entrance/exit in Broadate

  • Traffic was being intermittently stopped in Broadgate

  • Traffic was being intermittently stopped in Broadgate

  • The roof of Lincoln bus station being inspected after a piece of concrete fell from it

  • The roof of Lincoln bus station being inspected after a piece of concrete fell from it

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A large piece of concrete has fallen from the roof of Lincoln's bus station.

The west entrance was fenced off to protect the public, until a structural engineer had assessed the building.

It was declared safe and reopened at around 4pm.

The closure meant all buses had to use the entrance/exit in Broadgate, resulting in severe traffic delays.

Drivers were advised to avoid Canwick Road and Pelham Bridge coming northbound into the city.

It is believed the concrete fell on to the roof of a bus as it was exiting the building. No-one was injured.

The driver was unavailable for comment, but the vehicle was parked up in order to assess the damage.

Steve Bird, head of community services, leisure and sport at the City of Lincoln Council, said: "We closed the west entrance to the bus station, made the area safe, and waited for a structural engineer to assess the building before reopening. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

"In order to keep the bus station operational, Lincolnshire Police assisted us in allowing the buses to use the one entrance/exit in Broadgate, which involved stopping the traffic flow intermittently."

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  • EASTLEIGH33  |  June 02 2012, 11:20AM

    Had a friend visit from Eastern Europe recently who thought our bus station was a disgrace....great first impression. Should have a sign up saying Welcome to Lincoln , now please sod off back to where you came from! Can we have one like Doncaster or Retford please? Another 20-30 years probably

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  • eatmygoal  |  May 31 2012, 8:22AM

    Can feel my life ebbing away reading this discussion

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  • Barnaby_B  |  May 31 2012, 7:38AM

    Thanks Aaron_84. I admitted my original mistake and amended the article, but to some people that was much more important that a lump of concrete falling off the roof of the bus station. Gnome is unwilling to admit his own mistake regarding some rather dubious geography too and has taken to trolling a bit on this and another story. Thanks for your comment though

  • Gnome_Chomsky  |  May 31 2012, 7:10AM

    Thanks aaron_84, but I'm guessing you have never read what has been said before a comment is submitted. I was questioning comments made by Barnaby_B, themselves attempting to dispute posts by wasonlysaying and Bill_Door. It was Barnaby_B who apparently had no idea of the layout of the bus station or car park. Sometimes context helps.

  • Anti5ocialist  |  May 30 2012, 11:59PM

    Love to know who the Darwin award contenders are who voted down Sir_Chasm's comment. Their parents must be proud.

  • aaron_84  |  May 30 2012, 10:13PM

    Gnome_Chomsky "As I also said, stopping traffic north of the temporary exit could only hinder buses. Broadgate is a dual carriageway, so all vehicles leaving the bus station would have to turn north. The only advantage to blocking traffic on the main road would be for buses to use Thornbridge car park as a cut-through to the usual exit. Is that what was happening?" I'm guessing you have never been on Thornbridge car park! Firstly the height barrier would prevent buses accessing the car park, secondly the corner at the top would be too tight a turning for even Stage Coach's smallest buses & Thirdly the exit to the carpark was shut as it was the underside of the exit ramp that the concrete fell! All buses were sent out the entrance onto Melville St, onto Broadgate & South bound buses were diverted via Saltergat/Bank St/Silver St.

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  • Lincoln_Biker  |  May 30 2012, 4:07PM

    "Anyway, does anyone actually have any opinions on the state of the bus station itself" It's a dilapidated, pigeon infested, urine soaked, guano covered eyesore. The sooner it all gets knocked down and the Lindongate project commences, the better.

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  • Tom_Whimpole  |  May 30 2012, 3:55PM

    I really don't care which entrance it is. Pretty shocking that lumps of concrete are falling from the car park. The thing must be in a terrible state.

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  • Gnome_Chomsky  |  May 29 2012, 8:44PM

    Thanks, Barnaby_B, for clarifying nothing. If you enter the bus station from the west via the pedestrian access from Sincil Street, you would then need to turn 90 degrees right to use the bus exit (not entrance) which is, as I said, on the south side. As I also said, stopping traffic north of the temporary exit could only hinder buses. Broadgate is a dual carriageway, so all vehicles leaving the bus station would have to turn north. The only advantage to blocking traffic on the main road would be for buses to use Thornbridge car park as a cut-through to the usual exit. Is that what was happening? I notice you have suddenly become very sniffy about critical comments, but I see no comments here that are not about the article and its poor editorial standard. Perhaps your beef is with the author?

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  • Sir_Chasm  |  May 29 2012, 11:25AM

    "I myself was nearly hit by smaller amounts of debris just after the main block came down as i went to see what had happened but moved just in time thanks to the city council man that also works into the station." Interesting. Maybe it's just me, but if I saw a block of concrete falling off a building, my first instinct would be to give it as wide a berth as possible.

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