FOR 50 years, Bournemouth’s bus and coach station on Exeter Road was the place where countless journeys to the town began and ended.

The grand Portland stone building opened in 1931 and on a typical day the bus station was expected to handle 60,000 passengers on 1,600 vehicles, while the basement coach station would take more than 18,000 people on 600 vehicles.

The building had many changes over the years but in July 1976 the building suffered a fire that would change its history forever, with the building eventually being demolished in 1982.