The next phase of construction work is starting for the new Bolton Interchange.
It involves the installation of piles and foundations across the site as well as drainage works to construct the new substructure. This work will be ongoing throughout the spring.
The new interchange, being built on land bounded by Newport Street and Great Moor Street, will replace the existing Moor Lane bus station and provide vastly improved waiting areas, passenger facilities, information, safety and security.
It will directly connect bus and rail services via a skylink pedestrian bridge, improving the links between bus and train as well as access to the town centre.
The new interchange will offer enhanced accessibility with a modern concourse and passenger facilities including a cycle hub, retail outlet, shop mobility and modern public toilets including a baby change facility.
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.
The new transport interchange is being delivered by Transport for Greater Manchester in partnership with Bolton Council. It is due to open late 2016.
The £48 million scheme is being funded by the Greater Manchester Transport Fund and will support wider regeneration plans in the area.
Contractors working for Transport for Greater Manchester have already completed preparatory groundwork for the new interchange which included building a new electricity sub-station, site investigations, drainage diversions and site clearance work.
The commercial development is being delivered concurrent to the interchange by Bolton Council. Colourful posters at the interchange site are in place and will be updated at regular intervals to ensure the Bolton community is aware of ongoing developments.
TfGM’s official Twitter feed, @OfficalTfGM , will also have regular updates including pictures of ongoing work.