BACK in the 1980s when Southampton’s old coach station was still at Bedford Place a day trip to London cost just £3.55 while a ticket to visit the Blackbushe Sunday Market was £2.

Those were the prices chalked up on the blackboards outside the station’s former travel office in December, 1984.

Soon after the picture was taken local murmurings suggested the Bedford Place coach station no longer provided the amenities needed by the travelling public and it was not long before the site was redeveloped for office premises.

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