Plans for a new bus station in Wigan town centre have been approved by the local authority but construction work is not due to begin until next year.
The council approved proposals submitted by Transport for Greater Manchester for the bus station, which will include a single, covered concourse building, waiting areas, cycle parking and improved links with the town centre.
The new facility will be built on the same site as the existing bus station and will provide an attractive and welcoming gateway to the town.
TfGM will now continue to work with appointed consultants Mott MacDonald, Austin-Smith:Lord and IBI Group to develop the design, before appointing a contractor to undertake construction of the station. Construction is planned to start in 2017 with an anticipated 18-month construction period.
Karl Battersby, Wigan Council’s Director for Economy, said: “A new bus station in Wigan is a key part in delivering an improved transport system for the borough that is fit for the decades ahead.
“It will support the economic growth of the town and enable people to get to and from their places of work as well as Wigan’s great shops, markets, restaurants and bars in a modern, safe and welcoming environment.”