Plans for the town's bus and train station redevelopment have taken step forward with government approval of powers to secure the land required.
Eric Pickles, Communities Secretary, granted a compulsory purchase order enabling the council to complete negotiations with landowners and tenants. The decision followed a two-day public inquiry held in the summer.
Cllr Cliff Morris, leader of Bolton Council, said: "This is excellent news and this decision marks another significant milestone in the delivery of this scheme. The interchange is a key part of our town centre development programme and supports our regeneration proposals for this area.
"We have already made significant progress to acquire the necessary land without having to go down the CPO route. Having the approval means that we can compulsorily purchase the land but we would only use the CPO as a last resort."
The Transport for Greater Manchester project is being developed in partnership with Bolton Council and designed by Aedas Architects. Full planning permission has already been secured for the bus station element of the scheme.
The project includes landscaping and public realm improvements which will support the wider regeneration of Bolton town centre.
Funding of £48m comes from the Greater Manchester Transport Fund. Subject to securing the necessary approvals the new facility could be operational by 2015.
Plans for a high quality commercial development on the site are also being developed.