VIDEO: Collapse of Greyfriars Bus Station in Northampton ‘in top ten of jobs ever’ says demolition expert

  • Clear-up operation ‘should be completed by June’
  • Leader of Northampton Borough Council ‘pleased to see it gone’

The rubble left by the the demolition of Greyfriars bus station will be gone by the end of June, the leader of the council has said.

Councillor David Mackintosh said the clean-up of 20,000 tonnes of concrete and steel has started already with heavy equipment moving onto the site within minutes.

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He said: “I am very pleased to see it all went smoothly and we’re working as quickly as possible to put the roads and surrounding area back to normal.”

Councillor Mackintosh added that he was personally pleased to see the former bus station gone.

He said: “I have many memories travelling through there myself as a child, and it has dominated the skyline since before I was born.

“I was very nervous as this was a key operation but I’m pleased to see it gone.”

I am very pleased to see it all went smoothly and we’re working as quickly as possible to put the roads and surrounding area back to normal

David Mackintosh, Leader of Northampton Borough Council

DSM the demolition team responsible for both the blowdown and the clear-up, said the traffic will be able to use the area normally.

Billy Young, who said the demolition job was “in his top ten of jobs ever”, said: “The roads will accessible from mid to late afternoon on Sunday.

“Lady’s Lane and Greyfriars will be one lane at first for the next few weeks but we hope to reopen them again fully after that.”

Councillor Tim Hadland, who was based with the evacuated residents at Park Inn hotel said: “We felt the earth move here.

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Picture by David Jackson

“I’ve just been to have a look and there’s a big hole in the sky where the station used to be.

“The people of Northampton House will have a much nicer view now.”

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