BREAKING: Greyfriars Bus Station in Northampton reduced to rubble in dramatic demolition

  • Derelict building collapses in seconds after huge controlled detonation
  • End of the line for bus station
  • Mouth of Hell finally clamped shut
  • The ‘ship to eat souls’ has been sunk
  • Terminus terminated

Northampton’s former bus station is no more after being brought down by a massive controlled detonation within the last few minutes.

The Greyfriars building, which was last used by passengers in 2014, collapsed in a few dramatic seconds followed by a huge cloud of dust that lingered before revealing mountains of newly-blasted concrete.

Blowdown Day - Greyfriars Bus Station. NNL-150315-094702009

Blowdown Day - Greyfriars Bus Station. NNL-150315-094702009

The demolition, carried out by DSM, involved more than 2,000 explosive charges. The charges were triggered sequentially moving from east, Wellington Road, to west (Sheep Street). Evacuated residents will return to a dramatically transformed landscape.

Losing the biggest building in the town centre has completely changed the skyline of the Lady’s Lane area, with views of the Grosvenor Centre and Mayorhold car parks as well as large parts of Spring Boroughs now possible from outside Northampton Crown Court.

It is the first time the site has lain empty of buildings since 1976.

Clean-up crews have already begun the job of preparing the surrounding roads, which were closed at 6am, so they can be reopened.

Blowdown Day - Greyfriars Bus Station. NNL-150315-100249009

Blowdown Day - Greyfriars Bus Station. NNL-150315-100249009

Blowdown Day - Greyfriars Bus Station. NNL-150315-100300009

Blowdown Day - Greyfriars Bus Station. NNL-150315-100300009

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