Demolition starts at £48 million interchange site

The Bolton News: Demolition starts at £48 million interchange site Demolition starts at £48 million interchange site

DEMOLITION work has started on the site of Bolton’s new £48 million transport interchange.

Work began after pre-demolition measures such as utility disconnections were completed at properties in Newport Street, Great Moor Street and Johnson Street while archaeological studies were also concluded in the area.

Leader of Bolton Council Cllr Cliff Morris said: “This is another milestone in the transformation of Bolton town centre. This marks the beginning of physical work on a new, up-to-date transport facility for commuters.

“We’re working hard to keep our town centre development programme moving and the transport interchange is a key part of our strategy.”

The project is being funded through the Greater Manchester Transport Fund and will support the council’s town centre transport strategy.

It includes a cycle hub as part of a Greater Manchester wide cycling initiative.

The interchange project will see a new bus station built opposite the current train station in Trinity Street with the two facilities linked by an enclosed pedestrian footbridge.

The archaeological investigation uncovered possible remains of Bolton’s industrial past, including foundations and footings from the old buildings.

The material recovered is currently being examined in more detail and a report will be produced with any finds and artefacts to be donated to Bolton Museum.

The car parks to the rear of the site will remain open throughout the demolition period, however, the footpath linking Johnson Street and Newport Street has now permanently closed for safety reasons.

Cllr Andrew Fender, Chair of the Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) Committee, said: “It is always exciting when a major project reaches a key milestone and these works move us a step closer to delivering major improvements for passengers while providing a modern, striking gateway to Bolton town centre.”

Demolition work is being carried out by contractors MJ Finnigan and is expected to be completed in early 2014.

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5:43am Sat 14 Dec 13

oftbewildered2 says...

I am glad an archaeological survey was carried out - if those bricks could talk, what tales they could tell.
I am glad an archaeological survey was carried out - if those bricks could talk, what tales they could tell. oftbewildered2

3:59pm Sat 14 Dec 13

serendipity2 says...

Cliff Morris has certainly transformed Bolton town center :(
Cliff Morris has certainly transformed Bolton town center :( serendipity2

6:21pm Sat 14 Dec 13

Wolfie190 says...

serendipity2 wrote:
Cliff Morris has certainly transformed Bolton town center :(
You mean like the Luftwaffe on Manchester ?
[quote][p][bold]serendipity2[/bold] wrote: Cliff Morris has certainly transformed Bolton town center :([/p][/quote]You mean like the Luftwaffe on Manchester ? Wolfie190

7:02pm Sat 14 Dec 13

serendipity2 says...

Wolfie190 wrote:
serendipity2 wrote: Cliff Morris has certainly transformed Bolton town center :(
You mean like the Luftwaffe on Manchester ?
yep
[quote][p][bold]Wolfie190[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]serendipity2[/bold] wrote: Cliff Morris has certainly transformed Bolton town center :([/p][/quote]You mean like the Luftwaffe on Manchester ?[/p][/quote]yep serendipity2

7:04pm Sat 14 Dec 13

serendipity2 says...

serendipity2 wrote:
Wolfie190 wrote:
serendipity2 wrote: Cliff Morris has certainly transformed Bolton town center :(
You mean like the Luftwaffe on Manchester ?
yep
Looks like germany post 1945 with refugees beggers and derilict sites.

Merchant Quater Odeon Cineama Bank Street etc
[quote][p][bold]serendipity2[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Wolfie190[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]serendipity2[/bold] wrote: Cliff Morris has certainly transformed Bolton town center :([/p][/quote]You mean like the Luftwaffe on Manchester ?[/p][/quote]yep[/p][/quote]Looks like germany post 1945 with refugees beggers and derilict sites. Merchant Quater Odeon Cineama Bank Street etc serendipity2

8:35pm Sat 14 Dec 13

Ernagy2 says...

Looking forward to the new interchange. Irony is the University was moved closer to the bus station to help the students. Now the new bus station is closer to the old Bolton college (as was before it was demolished).

Well after 40 years in the planning, we've finally got the bus and train stations together - wonder what will happen to Moor Lane.

Presumably there'll be a big push to enlarge the Arndale to Great Moor Street thus bringing more of the shopping facilities closer. Eventually Bolton could have a fantastic shopping experience if the Councillors get this right.
Looking forward to the new interchange. Irony is the University was moved closer to the bus station to help the students. Now the new bus station is closer to the old Bolton college (as was before it was demolished). Well after 40 years in the planning, we've finally got the bus and train stations together - wonder what will happen to Moor Lane. Presumably there'll be a big push to enlarge the Arndale to Great Moor Street thus bringing more of the shopping facilities closer. Eventually Bolton could have a fantastic shopping experience if the Councillors get this right. Ernagy2

6:43pm Sun 15 Dec 13

Comment777 says...

Ernagy2 wrote:
Looking forward to the new interchange. Irony is the University was moved closer to the bus station to help the students. Now the new bus station is closer to the old Bolton college (as was before it was demolished).

Well after 40 years in the planning, we've finally got the bus and train stations together - wonder what will happen to Moor Lane.

Presumably there'll be a big push to enlarge the Arndale to Great Moor Street thus bringing more of the shopping facilities closer. Eventually Bolton could have a fantastic shopping experience if the Councillors get this right.
Moor Lane equals another supermarket and the loss of the traditional market.
[quote][p][bold]Ernagy2[/bold] wrote: Looking forward to the new interchange. Irony is the University was moved closer to the bus station to help the students. Now the new bus station is closer to the old Bolton college (as was before it was demolished). Well after 40 years in the planning, we've finally got the bus and train stations together - wonder what will happen to Moor Lane. Presumably there'll be a big push to enlarge the Arndale to Great Moor Street thus bringing more of the shopping facilities closer. Eventually Bolton could have a fantastic shopping experience if the Councillors get this right.[/p][/quote]Moor Lane equals another supermarket and the loss of the traditional market. Comment777

6:45pm Sun 15 Dec 13

serendipity2 says...

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When an old man died in the geriatric ward of a nursing home in an Australian country town, it was believed that he had nothing left of any value. Later, when the nurses were going through his meager possessions, They found this poem. Its quality and content so impressed the staff that copies were made and distributed to every nurse in the hospital. One nurse took her copy to Melbourne. The old man's sole bequest to posterity has since appeared in the Christmas editions of magazines around the country and appearing in mags for Mental Health. A slide presentation has also been made based on his simple, but eloquent, poem. And this old man, with nothing left to give to the world, is now the author of this 'anonymous' poem winging across the Internet. Cranky Old Man What do you see nurses? . . .. . .What do you see? What are you thinking .. . when you're looking at me? A cranky old man, . . . . . .not very wise, Uncertain of habit .. . . . . . . .. with faraway eyes? Who dribbles his food .. . ... . . and makes no reply. When you say in a loud voice . .'I do wish you'd try!' Who seems not to notice . . .the things that you do. And forever is losing . . . . . .. . . A sock or shoe? Who, resisting or not . . . ... lets you do as you will, With bathing and feeding . . . .The long day to fill? Is that what you're thinking?. .Is that what you see? Then open your eyes, nurse .you're not looking at me. I'll tell you who I am . . . . .. As I sit here so still, As I do at your bidding, .. . . . as I eat at your will. I'm a small child of Ten . .with a father and mother, Brothers and sisters .. . . .. . who love one another A young boy of Sixteen . . . .. with wings on his feet Dreaming that soon now . . .. . . a lover he'll meet. A groom soon at Twenty . . . ..my heart gives a leap. Remembering, the vows .. .. .that I promised to keep. At Twenty-Five, now . . . . .I have young of my own. Who need me to guide . . . And a secure happy home. A man of Thirty . .. . . . . My young now grown fast, Bound to each other . . .. With ties that should last. At Forty, my young sons .. .have grown and are gone, But my woman is beside me . . to see I don't mourn. At Fifty, once more, .. ...Babies play 'round my knee, Again, we know children . . . . My loved one and me. Dark days are upon me . . . . My wife is now dead. I look at the future ... . . . . I shudder with dread. For my young are all rearing .. . . young of their own. And I think of the years . . . And the love that I've known. I'm now an old man . . . . . . .. and nature is cruel. It's jest to make old age . . . . . . . look like a fool. The body, it crumbles .. .. . grace and vigour, depart. There is now a stone . . . where I once had a heart. But inside this old carcass . A young man still dwells, And now and again . . . . . my battered heart swells I remember the joys . . . . .. . I remember the pain. And I'm loving and living . . . . . . . life over again. I think of the years, all too few . . .. gone too fast. And accept the stark fact . . . that nothing can last. So open your eyes, people .. . . . .. . . open and see. Not a cranky old man . Look closer . . . . see .. .. . .. .... . ME!! Remember this poem when you next meet an older person who you might brush aside without looking at the young soul within. We will all, one day, be there, too! PLEASE SHARE THIS POEM! The best and most beautiful things of this world can't be seen or touched. They must be felt by the heart! serendipity2

9:45pm Sun 15 Dec 13

BWFC71 says...

Comment777 wrote:
Ernagy2 wrote:
Looking forward to the new interchange. Irony is the University was moved closer to the bus station to help the students. Now the new bus station is closer to the old Bolton college (as was before it was demolished).

Well after 40 years in the planning, we've finally got the bus and train stations together - wonder what will happen to Moor Lane.

Presumably there'll be a big push to enlarge the Arndale to Great Moor Street thus bringing more of the shopping facilities closer. Eventually Bolton could have a fantastic shopping experience if the Councillors get this right.
Moor Lane equals another supermarket and the loss of the traditional market.
Its not big enough for a supermarket with a car-park!! Remember all supermarkets like their car parks!!!
[quote][p][bold]Comment777[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ernagy2[/bold] wrote: Looking forward to the new interchange. Irony is the University was moved closer to the bus station to help the students. Now the new bus station is closer to the old Bolton college (as was before it was demolished). Well after 40 years in the planning, we've finally got the bus and train stations together - wonder what will happen to Moor Lane. Presumably there'll be a big push to enlarge the Arndale to Great Moor Street thus bringing more of the shopping facilities closer. Eventually Bolton could have a fantastic shopping experience if the Councillors get this right.[/p][/quote]Moor Lane equals another supermarket and the loss of the traditional market.[/p][/quote]Its not big enough for a supermarket with a car-park!! Remember all supermarkets like their car parks!!! BWFC71

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