Wigan’s new £15.7m bus station, designed by Austin-Smith:Lord with Mott MacDonald and delivered by Vinci, has been opened two months ahead of schedule.
The facility has been delivered by Transport for Greater Manchester in partnership with Wigan Council, funded by Greater Manchester’s Local Growth Fund.
Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, said: “There is a clear ambition for Wigan to become a key urban centre in Greater Manchester and this new development will support the area’s regeneration.
“The public’s feedback on the bus station so far has been fantastic – it is clearly a huge improvement on what went before.
“A fully-functioning and accessible public transport system is absolutely central to the economic prosperity of the city-region.”
Cllr David Molyneux, leader of Wigan Council, added: “This is such an important project for Wigan, greatly contributing to our transformation of the town centre and I’m delighted it is now open to the public.”
The bus station includes live bus departure displays, a newsagent, improved pedestrian links to the town centre and covered cycle parking.
Part of the roof is made up of the ETFE material also used on interchanges at Bolton, Rochdale and Altrincham, as well as at the Eden Project in Cornwall.