New images show the exciting progress being made on the construction of Bolton’s new transport interchange.
Following the recent installation of the state-of-the-art Ethylene Tetra Fluoro Ethylene (ETFE) roof, work to install the external glazing on the bus concourse is almost complete.
When complete, the new concourse will offer enhanced accessibility and modern passenger facilities including a retail outlet, cycle hub, café and public toilets including adult and baby changing facilities.
It will also make use of innovative sustainable energy initiatives, including rainwater recycling to flush the toilets, solar panels, air source heat pumps and low-energy LED lighting.
Chair of the TfGM Committee, Councillor Andrew Fender, said: “The installation of the glass panels provide a clear visual indication to anyone visiting or passing the site of the eye-catching, rapid and exciting progress that has been made on the project over the last few months.
“When complete, the bus concourse building will provide a modern, accessible and sheltered environment for passengers to obtain information and wait for their services.”
Leader of Bolton Council, Cllr Cliff Morris, added: “The installation of the glazing is a sign that things are really starting to take shape. The interchange will provide an up-to-date transport facility for commuters and it is a key part of our town centre strategy.
The new interchange will provide better passenger information and ticketing facilities and a safer, more secure waiting environment. A skylink bridge directly connecting the interchange with the nearby train station will also be constructed.
It will also offer improved links between the town’s bus services and rail station, as well as providing a far more attractive ‘gateway’ to and from the town centre.
The transport interchange is being delivered by TfGM in partnership with Bolton Council, and forms part of the regeneration of Newport Street.
The £48 million scheme is being funded by the Greater Manchester Transport Fund and will support the wider regeneration plans in the area.
Ahead of the expected opening in 2017, TfGM will be keeping passengers updated on the progress of the interchange works through posters on the site hoardings, the TfGM website – www.tfgm.com/boltoninterchange – and on social media Follow @OfficialTfGM on Twitter and www.facebook.com/transportforgreatermanchester for updates.