Planning consent has been granted for Bolton's new bus and rail interchange next to the railway station on land bounded by Newport Street and Great Moor Street.
Transport for Greater Manchester will replace the existing Moor Lane station and offer better links between rail and bus services, as well as improved waiting areas, passenger facilities, accessibility, information, and safety and security. The development was designed by Aedas Architects.
The scheme is being funded through the Greater Manchester Transport Fund. It forms part of the Bolton Town Centre Transport Strategy and supports Bolton Council's regeneration proposals for this area.
Subject to securing the necessary approvals and permissions, the new facility could be operational by 2015.
A Compulsory Purchase Order has been made to acquire the properties and land required for the development, but Bolton Council and their agents will continue to progress negotiations with landowners and tenants.
The scheme also includes for an area of commercial development which will be subject to a future detailed planning application.
TfGM and Bolton Council will seek a developer partner to bring forward an appropriate redevelopment of the Moor Lane bus station site and the commercial development once the interchange has opened. As any redevelopment will be privately funded, the timing of when this redevelopment occurs will be to some extent dictated by demand from developers and potential occupiers.