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Anybody remember queueing here? WORSWICK STREET BUS STATION, 35 YEARS AGO.

Byline: NOSTALGIA DAVE MORTON recalls the people and places of the North East @

Queues at Worswick Street bus station, Newcastle, during a strike by maintenance staff, August 7, 1981 A strike by Northern Bus Company maintenance staff brought chaos for passengers at Worswick Street bus station E return to this week 35 years ago.

WIt's Friday, August 7, 1981 and hundreds of people are queuing for buses at one of Newcastle's lost stations - Worswick Street.

It will stir memories for thousands of commuters who travelled in and out of the city from the south of the region.

These days you're likely to find cars parked where the likes of the 529 to Jarrow would once pick up a cargo of bus passengers.

The advent of the Tyne and Wear Metro in the early 1980s began the slow decline of Worswick Street station, as more and more passengers chose to hop aboard the new light rail system.

This particular city bus terminus, including its brick offices and tin-roofed bus shed, was opened in 1929 by Northern General Transport.

The red Northern buses served routes into County Durham, as well as Wearside, and what is today South Tyneside.

The bus station had its own training school on the top floor, and firstfloor offices where drivers and conductors paid in their takings at the end of a shift.

There was also a waiting room, which had a coal fire in the winter, to protect passengers from the draughty bus stands and the pigeons which flocked here in their hundreds.

In this particular week, 35 years ago, the folk in our picture would have been reading in their Chronicles about an arson attack on a house in Heaton, Newcastle; while Wallsend-born pop superstar Sting was involved in a legal battle over royalties.

Meanwhile, up the road at St James' Park, Newcastle United would kick off the new football season with a home game against Watford just a few weeks' later.

But of more immediate concern, the passengers here were queuing for buses which would never arrive because of a strike by maintenance men!

As for Worswick Street bus station, it would see its final bus depart in 1998.

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Worswick Street bus station, 1950s (Norman Dunn)

Worswick Street bus station, 1976 (Trevor Ermel)

Worswick Street bus station, 1970s

The former Worswick Street bus station, today

Queues at Worswick Street bus station, Newcastle, during a strike by maintenance staff, August 7, 1981

A strike by Northern Bus Company maintenance staff brought chaos for passengers at Worswick Street bus station

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