A consultation on plans to create a new, state-of-the-art transport facility on land next to Bolton rail station is currently underway.
GMPTE, in partnership with Bolton Council, is inviting comments on the proposals, which involve the creation of a brand new bus station next to Bolton railway station, on land bounded by Newport Street and Great Moor Street.
The new bus station would replace the existing station at Moor Lane and offer improved links between rail and bus services, as well as improved waiting areas, passenger facilities, accessibility, information, and safety and security.
Views are being sought on the proposals ahead of an outline planning application being submitted to Bolton Council’s Planning Department this coming spring.
Comments received will feed into the ongoing design and development work for the facility which, subject to securing the necessary approvals and permissions, could be operational by winter 2014/2015.
Councillor Richard Knowles, Chair of Greater Manchester Integrated Transport Authority's Capital Projects Committee, said: “The current bus station at Moor Lane is quite some distance from Bolton railway station so people tend to choose one or the other.
“By bringing them together we can make it easier for people to switch from the bus to the train, and vice versa, helping them to make their full journey by public transport. We’d also be providing a modern, high quality gateway into Bolton, which will play an important part in driving the regeneration of the town centre, in partnership with Bolton Council.
“The designs are still at an early stage and the feedback from this consultation will help us to develop the detailed proposals – so I would encourage everyone to take part and have their say.”
The scheme is being funded through the Greater Manchester Transport Fund and forms an integral part of Bolton Council's town centre regeneration programme.
Councillor John Byrne, Bolton Council’s Executive Member for Development, said: “We’re working hard to keep our town centre development programme moving in the recession and this facility is a key part of the Bolton town centre strategy.
“The proposals would result in a high quality integrated transport hub which would improve users’ experience of travelling to and from Bolton.
“Getting feedback on the plans is a very important part of the process and it’s important that as many people as possible come down to the Travelshop and comment.”
The consultation will run until March 5 and an exhibition of the plans will be displayed at Moor Lane bus station Travelshop between January 25 and March 5. It will be staffed by representatives from GMPTE and Bolton Council on the 4 and 9 February, from 12pm to 7pm.
For more information about the proposals, see details on the right. Comments can also be made in writing to GMPTE Bolton Interchange Consultation, FREEPOST RRHE-RKUU-KSJY, Manchester M1 3BG.