Bus stands to close for a week as Bolton Interchange work continues

The Bolton News: The bus stands in Newport Street. Picture from Google Maps. The bus stands in Newport Street. Picture from Google Maps.

BUS stands at Newport Street will be closed temporarily next week as building work on the new Bolton Interchange steps up a gear.

Stops A, B and C at the interchange will be shut from Monday until Sunday, May 25, meaning buses on six routes will depart from other stops nearby.

The work will pave the way for the £48 million Bolton Interchange, a new bus station next to the existing train station in Trinity Street.

Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM), which is responsible for the project, said it was necessary to close the road so workmen can access the area.

A spokesman said: “They will be taking samples to see what the ground conditions are like, which is standard procedure when carrying out building work.

“Because they are taking it from the carriageway, it’s going to disrupt the buses that usually park there.”

Buses affected include services 519 from Johnson Fold, 538 from Bromley Cross and Wigan routes 575 and 576, which will use different stops in Newport Street.

Meanwhile the exit stop in Great Moor Street will be used for the 525, which serves Halliwell and Astley Bridge, the 526 to Smithills, and the 535, which goes to Belmont.

Stand D in the interchange, located in Newport Street, will remain open and be used as normal by buses 22, 36, 68, 500, 501, 512, 551, 570, 571 and 572.

Buildings along Great Moor Street have already been knocked down as part of the project, which is set to be finished next year.

Since March, self- portraits created by fine art and textile design students at the University of Bolton have decorated the hoardings around the building site.

Information about the bus stop changes has also been posted at the affected terminals and in the interchange.

Full information on public transport across Greater Manchester is available at tfgm.com and by calling Traveline on 0871 200 2233.

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12:46am Sun 18 May 14

By George says...

How long will it be before this new interchange is up for review ? Not yet built it will be not fit for purpose within ten years Make a note in your diary then read about it in the Bolton News. So here is the date 25 May 2024.
Now if you have nothing else to do work out how many times you will expect a bus to go through a red light, how many buses will sit there with engines running polluting Bolton and harming our people.will the naff chippy in the new market survive?
How long will it be before this new interchange is up for review ? Not yet built it will be not fit for purpose within ten years Make a note in your diary then read about it in the Bolton News. So here is the date 25 May 2024. Now if you have nothing else to do work out how many times you will expect a bus to go through a red light, how many buses will sit there with engines running polluting Bolton and harming our people.will the naff chippy in the new market survive? By George
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1:15am Sun 18 May 14

The Righteous One says...

By George wrote:
How long will it be before this new interchange is up for review ? Not yet built it will be not fit for purpose within ten years Make a note in your diary then read about it in the Bolton News. So here is the date 25 May 2024.
Now if you have nothing else to do work out how many times you will expect a bus to go through a red light, how many buses will sit there with engines running polluting Bolton and harming our people.will the naff chippy in the new market survive?
Fumes???

Firstly 99% of all buses now run on the Euro4 and Euro5 engines - the mot cleanest engine viable (and I know there is a Euro6 engine coming soon which is even cleaner) of which these engines are far more cleaner than many car engines!

As it is many bus companies, including the big companies such as First, stagecoach and Arriva are investing heavily in more carbon neutral buses such as those that operate on battery cells as well as hydrogen gas cells!!!

So that sense, you are wrong!

You are right in that the new bus station isn't fit for purpose. The current bus station has 26 stand, the new bus station only has between 15 and 20 stands (I can't get anyone to confirm how many stands it will have), less parking bays for buses (as buses are only allowed to be at a stand for a maximum of 5 minutes during daytime and 10 minutes in the evenings and Sundays) but they expect to be able to have a higher increase of usage by up to 33%!!!!!

But lets not forget that the bus companies have to pay to use the bus station and as such if it isn't fit for purpose and/or the bus companies feel that using the bus station means they lose money they will not use it and t will become a TfGM white elephant - just like the current stands outside the rail station (currently known as Bolton interchange)

What I would like to know, though, after all these changes have taken place will Bolton Station (not the bus but the rail) have an ATM - it currently doesn't and one has to use the ATM's at Sainsburys which is walking distance but definitely not handy if one wants to use a black cab from the station!!!
[quote][p][bold]By George[/bold] wrote: How long will it be before this new interchange is up for review ? Not yet built it will be not fit for purpose within ten years Make a note in your diary then read about it in the Bolton News. So here is the date 25 May 2024. Now if you have nothing else to do work out how many times you will expect a bus to go through a red light, how many buses will sit there with engines running polluting Bolton and harming our people.will the naff chippy in the new market survive?[/p][/quote]Fumes??? Firstly 99% of all buses now run on the Euro4 and Euro5 engines - the mot cleanest engine viable (and I know there is a Euro6 engine coming soon which is even cleaner) of which these engines are far more cleaner than many car engines! As it is many bus companies, including the big companies such as First, stagecoach and Arriva are investing heavily in more carbon neutral buses such as those that operate on battery cells as well as hydrogen gas cells!!! So that sense, you are wrong! You are right in that the new bus station isn't fit for purpose. The current bus station has 26 stand, the new bus station only has between 15 and 20 stands (I can't get anyone to confirm how many stands it will have), less parking bays for buses (as buses are only allowed to be at a stand for a maximum of 5 minutes during daytime and 10 minutes in the evenings and Sundays) but they expect to be able to have a higher increase of usage by up to 33%!!!!! But lets not forget that the bus companies have to pay to use the bus station and as such if it isn't fit for purpose and/or the bus companies feel that using the bus station means they lose money they will not use it and t will become a TfGM white elephant - just like the current stands outside the rail station (currently known as Bolton interchange) What I would like to know, though, after all these changes have taken place will Bolton Station (not the bus but the rail) have an ATM - it currently doesn't and one has to use the ATM's at Sainsburys which is walking distance but definitely not handy if one wants to use a black cab from the station!!! The Righteous One
  • Score: 5

10:39am Mon 19 May 14

Jim271 says...

the roads are terrible, fix those first
the roads are terrible, fix those first Jim271
  • Score: 1

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