Politicians and transport leaders were on hand today (Monday 4th September) as Bolton Interchange opened its doors to commuters returning to work after the summer holidays.
Bolton Council Leader, Councillor Cliff Morris, and Councillor Guy Harkin, Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) Committee Vice-Chair, joined passengers at the new interchange, which has been delivered by TfGM and Bolton Council.
It replaces Bolton Bus Station on Moor Lane, with the first bus service setting off from the new £48m transport interchange early on Sunday 3rd September, marking an important milestone for the town.
The interchange saw a dry trial event in late August, where Members of the Octagon Theatre Bolton and 50 members of staff from TfGM made sure the new multi-million-pound transport interchange was fit for purpose.
Bolton Interchange offers a step change in quality for passengers, including better customer information and enhanced waiting and ticketing facilities in a light, bright and safer environment. The concourse features a Greggs bakery – the fourth in the town centre, a convenience store, cash machine and free WiFi.
The interchange is a truly multi-transport mode facility, with a ‘Skylink’ bridge to the nearby rail station offering easy transfer between bus and trains. The taxi rank adjacent to the rail station also re-opened today.
A new 48-space Cycle Hub outside the main interchange entrance on Great Moor Street offers secure storage for bikes, with CCTV and swipe card access, for £10 membership per year. The interchange also links passengers to upgraded pedestrian facilities throughout the town centre.