Another key milestone in the delivery of Bolton’s new transport interchange has been reached, after councillors granted full planning approval for the project.
Members of Bolton Council’s planning committee met today to discuss Transport for Greater Manchester’s proposals for a brand new interchange next to Bolton railway station, on land bounded by Newport Street and Great Moor Street.
The project, developed in partnership with Bolton Council, is a crucial part of the town centre regeneration strategy and marks the first phase in a series of exciting developments in the area.
It will replace the existing Moor Lane station and offer better links between rail and bus services, as well as improved waiting areas, passenger facilities, accessibility, information, and safety and security.
Designs have been developed over recent months, driven by feedback received from public consultation exercises.
Councillor Andrew Fender, Chair of the TfGM Committee, said: “I am delighted that we’ve secured full planning permission for this crucial development, which has evolved thanks to contributions and comments from the people who will benefit from it – the public.
“It is going to deliver a fantastic gateway for people living and working in Bolton, and for people visiting the town, and today’s decision is an important milestone in realising that vision.
“I now look forward to progressing to the point where we can appoint a contractor and start work on the ground.”
Leader of Bolton Council, Councillor Cliff Morris, added: “We’re pleased that full permission has now been granted for this significant development. We’re working hard to keep our town centre development programme moving and the transport interchange is a key part of our strategy.”
TfGM will continue to work with Bolton Council and bus operators to ensure Bolton Market and other areas of the town centre can be easily accessed by bus in the future, and the internal layouts, facilities and operating arrangements of the new station will be finalised.
A strategy will also be developed to signpost pedestrian routes to areas of the interchange and the town centre, including the market.
The scheme is being funded through the Greater Manchester Transport Fund. It forms part of the Bolton Town Centre Transport Strategy and supports Bolton Council’s regeneration proposals for this area.
Subject to securing the necessary approvals and permissions, the new facility could be operational by 2015.
A Compulsory Purchase Order has been made to acquire the properties and land required for the development, but Bolton Council and their agents will continue to progress negotiations with landowners and tenants.