Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham was on hand to see the completed structural framework for Wigan’s new bus station during a site visit this week.
The Mayor joined transport and local leaders to check on the progress of the new £15.7m redevelopment of the bus station on Hallgate, which is being delivered by Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM).
The steel frame, which makes up the skeleton for the new, modern bus station, was manufactured off-site and lifted into place by two cranes.
Andy Burnham said: “It’s great to see the project going so well.
“Wigan Bus Station is a fantastic example of the high-quality transport infrastructure being built in Greater Manchester, which will help to deliver an improved transport system that’s fit for the decades ahead.
“Once complete, the bus station will mean people can to get to and from their places of work, as well as Wigan’s great shops, markets, restaurants and bars, in a safe and welcoming environment.”
Councillor Guy Harkin, Vice-Chair of the TfGM Committee, commented: “Anyone who’s passing the Wigan Bus Station site can now see the rapid and exciting progress that has been made on the project over the last few months, which really is positive news for the town.
“It’s the second time I’ve had the chance to go on-site and I look forward to seeing the construction work again in the future.”
Karl Battersby, Wigan Council’s director for economy and environment, said: “The new bus station, being built by TfGM, will support the economic growth of the town.
“It will transform a key gateway into the town centre and provide much-improved facilities for passengers, including comfortable and safe waiting areas, a ticket and information outlet and retail facilities. It is a key part of our town centre regeneration programme.
“Now that the steel frame has gone up, people can really see the scale of the building.”
The next stage of the project includes the construction of the roof, brickwork and glazed curtain walling.
Funding for the development is being supported by central Government through the Greater Manchester Local Growth Deal Programme.
For more information on Wigan Bus Station, visit the dedicated webpage on the TfGM website.