New bus station moves a step closer

Consultation has now closed on proposals to move Bolton's main bus station as part of a £48m transport improvement programme.

GMPTE and Bolton Council invited comments on the proposals, which involve the creation of a new bus station next to Bolton railway station, on land bounded by Newport Street and Great Moor Street.

The new bus station would replace the existing station at Moor Lane and offer improved links between rail and bus services, as well as improved waiting areas, passenger facilities, accessibility, information and safety and security.

Views were sought on the proposals ahead of an outline planning application being submitted to Bolton Council's planning department this spring.

Comments received will feed into the ongoing design and development work for the facility which, subject to securing the necessary approvals and permissions, could be operational by winter 2014/2015.

The scheme is being funded through the Greater Manchester Transport Fund and forms an integral part of the Innovation Zone Bolton.

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There needs to be a direct, covered, link to the station platforms and the design should be of a significantly higher standard then the dreadful car parks currently being built in the town. Any town with any pride would make this interchange the subject of a proper design competition.

By Rainman

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