A £1.7 million road improvement programme to help traffic flow when Bolton’s new transport interchange opens will start on Monday, January 23.
The £48 million Bolton Interchange, being built on land bordered by Newport Street and Great Moor Street, will replace the existing Moor Lane bus station when it opens in mid-2017.
Buses leave the current station from Moor Lane and Blackhorse Street. But when Bolton Interchange opens, buses will exit the interchange on to Great Moor Street, next to St Patrick’s Church.
To enable access to the interchange, work will be done to improve the junctions, signalling and roads. Pedestrian access will also be improved at the junctions.
The project is expected to take approximately four months and motorists are being warned to expect disruption.
Great Moor Street will remain open while work is underway but a one way system will be in operation for the duration of the project.
This will mean motorists can still access Bradshawgate from Great Moor Street but will not be able to turn left or right from Bradshawgate on to Great Moor Street. Traffic on Bradshawgate and Manchester Road will be diverted on to Trinity Street and Blackhorse Street. Diversion routes will be signposted.
The bus stops on Great Moor Street will not be in operation when work starts and will be temporarily relocated, until the new interchange becomes operational.
The £1.7 million work will include:-
• Installation of new traffic lights with pedestrian crossing facilities at the junction of Great Moor Street and the interchange exit (next to St Patrick’s Church).
• Upgrading of the traffic lights at the Great Moor Street and Newport Street junction.
• Widening and repaving of footpaths along Great Moor Street and repaving to Newport Street using natural stone materials.
• Full resurfacing of Great Moor Street from its junction with Newport Street to Bradshawgate.
• Introduction of new pay and display bays on Great Moor Street near Bradshawgate.
Bolton Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways, Cllr Elaine Sherrington, said: “We need to make sure that the surrounding roads are well prepared before Bolton Interchange opens.
“Work on the new office block Bolton Central is also nearing completion and as a result of both of these developments we are going to be seeing more pedestrians and a significant amount of increased traffic in the south of the town centre.
“This work is necessary but we understand that local businesses and motorists may experience disruption and we would like to thank everyone for their patience in advance.”
The new transport interchange is being delivered by Transport for Greater Manchester in partnership with Bolton Council. The £48 million scheme is being funded by the Greater Manchester Transport Fund.
Councillor Andrew Fender, Chair of the TfGM Committee, added: “Over the past few months, passengers have been able to see the fully-accessible facility taking shape as a number of key elements were completed.
“This is another important milestone for the interchange which, when complete, will provide a modern, up-to-date transport facility for commuters; transforming a key gateway into the town centre, providing much improved facilities for passengers and improving the integration of transport modes.”
For further information about the work, contact the council via e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org