Successful Dry Trial at the New Bolton Interchange

Successful Dry Trial at the New Bolton Interchange
Members of the Octagon Theatre Bolton arriving at the new Bus Interchange.TfGM

All systems are go at Bolton Interchange following a successful live trial to test all elements of the new transport facility. The new Interchange is on track to open at 6am on Sunday 3rd September.

Members of the Octagon Theatre Bolton and 50 members of staff from Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM), which is delivering the interchange with Bolton Council, volunteered to act as customers for the dry run.

They worked through various scenarios, testing all aspects of the facility including passenger information and signage, lifts, bus stands, as well as walking routes to the new interchange. They also made use of the ticket and information office, café and toilets.

As well as ensuring that everything is operating smoothly, this event was a key part of interchange staff training and enabled TfGM to collect valuable feedback.

TfGM has deemed the trial a big success meaning that Bolton Interchange is on track to open at 6am on Sunday 3rd September. This will follow the closure of Bolton Bus Station on Moor Lane after the final service at midnight on 2nd September.

Councillor Andrew Fender, Chair of the TfGM Committee, said: “The successful trial this week brings us closer to the opening of this new facility, which will provide passengers with better travel information, waiting and ticketing facilities in a light, bright and safe environment. I’m looking forward to 3 September when the interchange opens to the public.”

The new interchange, which has been financed through the Greater Manchester Transport Fund, will offer an attractive entry point to the town centre and support wider regeneration in the area.

TfGM is keeping passengers updated on the interchange and bus service timetables through posters on the site hoardings, the TfGM website – – and on the @OfficialTfGM Twitter feed and TfGM Facebook page. Information is also available at the Moor Lane Bus Station and the Travelshop.

Tom Harrison

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