Vinci Construction has started on the £15.7m redevelopment of Wigan Bus Station, which will see the demolition of the old bus station on Hallgate to make way for initial ground works.
The new station is expected to support the economic growth of the town and enable people to get to and from their places of work, as well as Wigan’s shops, markets, restaurants and bars.
During the work, bus services will continue to run and bus stops have been temporarily relocated in the town centre. A temporary Travelshop has been opened on Hallgate to ensure Transport for Greater Manchester can provide the same services to passengers. These arrangements will be in place until the new bus station opens, which is expected to be by the end of 2018.
Cllr Guy Harkin, vice-chair of the TfGM committee, said: “I’m delighted demolition work has begun, opening up the site for construction to start. I’m sure passers-by will be interested in seeing the new, modern facility begin to take shape.
“This is an exciting time for Wigan – a new bus station is a key part in delivering an improved transport system for the borough that is fit for the decades ahead.”
Funding for the Wigan Bus Station development is being supported by central Government through the Greater Manchester Local Growth Deal Programme.