A brand new, state-of-the-art lightweight roof has been fitted to the bus station concourse at Bolton Interchange.
Work to install the Ethylene Tetra Fluoro Ethylene (ETFE) roof – the same material was used for the roofs on interchanges at Rochdale and Altrincham as well as at Victoria rail station – is now complete.
The material is approximately one per cent of the weight of an equivalent amount of glass so imposes significantly less dead load on the supporting structure, which reduces the amount of framework and materials necessary and lowers project costs.
Unaffected by UV light, atmospheric pollution and other forms of environmental weathering, ETFE foil is an extremely durable material. It is also highly translucent, transmitting up to 95 per cent of light, fully recyclable and requires minimal costs and energy consumption for its transportation and installation.
Chair of the TfGM Committee, Councillor Andrew Fender, said: “The ETFE roof is not only visually striking but also has numerous structural and financial benefits, making its completion an exciting milestone for the Bolton Interchange project.
“The steel roof beams and ‘tree’ support structure were completed earlier this year, allowing the individual ETFE pillows to be fitted and inflated.
“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: “Completing the roof is a real milestone.
“The new roof is made of the same high-tech material which is used in the Eden Project in Cornwall and the Allianz Arena in Munich.
“The new interchange will connect bus and rail services and it is a key part of our town centre programme.”
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.
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.