Saint Andrew Square
Reproduced with acknowledgement to Ian Scott,
Hazlemere, Buckinghamshire, England
Saint Andrew Square
Old Bus Station
Looking towards Saint James Centre
This view looks into
the old bus station from the direction of Saint Andrew Square.
In the background are the multi-storey car park and offices of the
Saint James Centre shopping complex.
Earlier and Later Bus Stations
this bus station was built, buses and coaches used to depart from
stops in the streets that formed Saint Andrew Square.
LATER: Buses and
coaches depart from a new bus station in Saint Andrew Square,
immediately to the north of of the old station.
A new Harvey Nichols
store was built on the St Andrew Square frontage of the bus
station that served as a bus station exit. The store opened in 2002.
Thank you to David Scott
for providing more information about this photo.
Coaches at the Bus Station
"The InterCity coaches pictured here
are on what was known as E-stance in the days of the old Bus
Station (there being 4 through platforms, A, B, C, & D, with E
being an open parking area also used for long-haul & tour
departures, separated from A, B, C, D by Elder Street which was a
public road running through the Bus Station.
The Multrees Walk shops must be on the
site of the old ABCD stances, and the new Bus Station must be
approx on the old E-Stance and Elder Street. Maps may
be needed to verify that."
Overlaying Recent on Old
Library of Scotland Web Site includes a feature that
enables maps from their collection to be viewed with a recent
map superimposed on an older one.
That can be useful in identifying exactly
where old buildings and other features used to be.
Peter Stubbs, Edinburgh: September 30,
"The Bus Station was
always known as St Andrew Square (usually 'SAS') in the days
of Scottish Omnibuses /Eastern Scottish. It was 'Fare Stage
01', so all Scottish Omnibus routes went 'up' from Edinburgh."
Scott, Edinburgh, September 15, 2014
Thank you to Bob
Henderson who wrote:
The Old Bus Station
"Before the days of the
Bus Station on the eastern side of St Andrew Square, SMT buses
used stances around St Andrew Square, itself.
I can't remember when the actual bus
station was opened, but it was some time after the war. I
think it was in the 1950s.
Henderson, Burdiehouse, Edinburgh: September 30, 2014
Two Bus Stations
Wikipedia web page gives brief details of the two bus stations
in St Andrew Square.
- The first bus station opened in April 1957
- The current bus station opened in February 2003.
Bus stances around St Andrew Square
We have recently seen something of a return to the 'old days'
of St Andrew Square.
- Now that the Edinburgh tram route runs along the east
side of St Andrew Square past the sites of the old and new bus
stations, traffic restrictions have been imposed and there is less
traffic circulating around the square.
- Edinburgh tour buses that departed from Waverley
Bridge until recently now have new departure stances. While
road works are being carried out on Waverley Bridge, these buses
are currently departing from stances along the western and
northern sides of St Andrew Square.
Stubbs: Edinburgh: September 30, 2014.
Thank you to Robert Laird who wrote:
The Old Bus Station
"I've just been looking at this
photo with the coaches beside the pub in the bus station - 'The
When the St. James Centre was being
built, around 1973, I worked on fitting out one of the banks and
the Ernest Jones shop.
We used to have the odd bar lunch at
the pub in the bus station, but then it was 'The Highwayman'.
So I assume this photo showing 'The Postillion' was much later.
Laird, Longstone, Edinburgh: October 1, 2014
Date of the Photo?
Yes, judging by the
name of the pub in the bus station, it looks as if this photo
would have been taken after you were fitting out the bank and the
pub at St James Centre.
Perhaps somebody will
be able to study the cars and coaches in this photo and suggest
when it might have been taken.
Stubbs: Edinburgh: October 3, 2014