Halton depot listed

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The former Halton Transport depot in Widnes has been listed, Historic England has announced. The building in Moor Lane has been given Grade Two-listed status, being described as ‘a rare and largely intact example of a purpose-built bus depot, which is earlier in date than the few other listed examples nationally.’

It went on to say that ‘the architectural treatment of the front elevation lifts the building above the purely functional and underlines a civic pride with a foundation stone laid by the Mayor, attractive terracotta detailing and lettering, and three impressive full-height vehicle entrances topped by triangular pediments.’

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Built for Widnes Corporation in 1923, a workshop was added in 1945, followed four years later by a canteen and bike shed. There were fears that the building would be demolished following the collapse of Halton Transport earlier this year. Halton Borough Council bought the depot from Halton Transport for £245,000 in December 2019 as part of its longer-term regeneration aspirations for the Moor Lane area.

The interior of the historic Halton bus depot. HALTON TRANSPORT
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