Work starts on Horwich Parkway station expansion
WORK on a £510,000 expansion of Horwich Parkway railway station is now underway, with the job set to take 10 weeks to complete.
An extra 90 car parking spaces are being created at the station, taking the total to 250.
The station, which is owned by Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM), will be revamped to meet with increased demand.
TfGM is helped in delivering the rebuild by £221,000 of funding from the national Station Commercial Project Facility Fund.
Cllr David Chadwick, Bolton Council’s cabinet member for transport, said: “It is been obvious that the demand for parking at Horwich Parkway has outstripped the available spaces.
“This new initiative is excellent news for the travelling public and will continue to make travelling into Manchester by train a very attractive proposition.” Some spaces at the station will be unavailable at times as construction progresses, but TfGM has reassured passengers that disruption will be kept to a minimum, thanking drivers for their patience during the works.
The works will be delivered and managed by Bolton Council on TfGM’s behalf, and will also include some landscaping, environmentally friendly drainage, and a safe pedestrian route to the station. TfGM said all areas will be brightly lit to boost security, while TfGM will extend its CCTV network to cover the new spaces as well as the station’s bike lockers.
Contractors moved on to the site last Monday and work started in earnest on September 6 at the 14-year-old station.
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