The lavatories are permanently closed the office building looks a little knocked about and it is the sort of place that you hope the bus leaves promptly and you are not waiting there for long.
All of which is a contrast to when it opened back on May 14th 1915 which according to one book was built as "a double track stub-terminal siding, complete with an office building, shelter and toilets,[when it] was opened on the west side of Barlow Moor Road between Malton Avenue and Beech Road. Trams entered and all left from the north end; not until 1929 was the south end linked.”*
Now I am not one to wallow in nostalgia but looking at this 1928 picture of the tram terminus, complete with gas lighting I rather think I will wallow for a short while.
Picture; from the Lloyd collection, circa 1920s-30s
* Yearsley, Ian and Groves, Peter, The Manchester Tramways : 90 years of progress 1988, p 80, information supplied by George Turnbull, http://www.gmts.co.uk/