Newport Street to close as Bolton town centre demolition continues

The Bolton News: Part of Great Moor Street disappears Part of Great Moor Street disappears

NEWPORT Street will be closed to motorists and pedestrians for one night as the £48 million transformation of Bolton’s transport interchange gathers pace.

The one-way street will be shut from 11pm on Sunday to 5am on Monday from the junction with Great Moor Street to the junction with Trinity Street.

Properties in Newport Street, Great Moor Street and Johnson Street are being demolished to make way for a new bus interchange.

During the demolition period, temporary fencing has been put up along the roads, with the closure of the footpath linking Johnson Street and Newport Street.

The new interchange has been developed by Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) and Bolton Council, and will include a new bus station opposite the current railway station in Trinity Street.

Cllr David Chadwick, Cabinet member for highways and transport, said: “We are very fortunate that TfGM and partners have footed the bill for this fabulous development. We are going in the right direction now and we are coming to the end of the demolition period.

“Construction should start about March.

“Having a bus station alongside a railway station will be a real asset for Bolton and things are progressing nicely.”

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11:23am Fri 17 Jan 14

The Running Man says...

“Having a bus station alongside a railway station will be a real asset for Bolton and things are progressing nicely."

Thank you Cllr Chadwick, what a good idea. How long will this one last before it needs to be changed?
“Having a bus station alongside a railway station will be a real asset for Bolton and things are progressing nicely." Thank you Cllr Chadwick, what a good idea. How long will this one last before it needs to be changed? The Running Man
  • Score: 9

11:45am Fri 17 Jan 14

Regulatory Man says...

Yeah cracking idea Bolton Councillors - Train and Bus station, that will get them coming back into our Town to shop, and hey just think they'll be able to come and go to the new Cinema complex in the Market Hall where presumably there'll be even less shops as a result of that plan.

You guys and gals are really switched on and development savvy, either that or getting very comfortable.
Yeah cracking idea Bolton Councillors - Train and Bus station, that will get them coming back into our Town to shop, and hey just think they'll be able to come and go to the new Cinema complex in the Market Hall where presumably there'll be even less shops as a result of that plan. You guys and gals are really switched on and development savvy, either that or getting very comfortable. Regulatory Man
  • Score: 1

11:55am Fri 17 Jan 14

stereo_world says...

Been a while since I've been in Bolton town centre, that picture above looks very weird indeed. Good to see progression.
Been a while since I've been in Bolton town centre, that picture above looks very weird indeed. Good to see progression. stereo_world
  • Score: 6

12:41pm Fri 17 Jan 14

atlas123 says...

Regulatory Man wrote:
Yeah cracking idea Bolton Councillors - Train and Bus station, that will get them coming back into our Town to shop, and hey just think they'll be able to come and go to the new Cinema complex in the Market Hall where presumably there'll be even less shops as a result of that plan.

You guys and gals are really switched on and development savvy, either that or getting very comfortable.
The new cinema that is right at the other side of the town centre... Further away from the existing main bus station. Sounds like progress to me....

The town centre should be contracting and consolidating in this day and age of internet shopping!
[quote][p][bold]Regulatory Man[/bold] wrote: Yeah cracking idea Bolton Councillors - Train and Bus station, that will get them coming back into our Town to shop, and hey just think they'll be able to come and go to the new Cinema complex in the Market Hall where presumably there'll be even less shops as a result of that plan. You guys and gals are really switched on and development savvy, either that or getting very comfortable.[/p][/quote]The new cinema that is right at the other side of the town centre... Further away from the existing main bus station. Sounds like progress to me.... The town centre should be contracting and consolidating in this day and age of internet shopping! atlas123
  • Score: -2

12:41pm Fri 17 Jan 14

atlas123 says...

Regulatory Man wrote:
Yeah cracking idea Bolton Councillors - Train and Bus station, that will get them coming back into our Town to shop, and hey just think they'll be able to come and go to the new Cinema complex in the Market Hall where presumably there'll be even less shops as a result of that plan.

You guys and gals are really switched on and development savvy, either that or getting very comfortable.
The new cinema that is right at the other side of the town centre... Further away from the existing main bus station. Sounds like progress to me....

The town centre should be contracting and consolidating in this day and age of internet shopping!
[quote][p][bold]Regulatory Man[/bold] wrote: Yeah cracking idea Bolton Councillors - Train and Bus station, that will get them coming back into our Town to shop, and hey just think they'll be able to come and go to the new Cinema complex in the Market Hall where presumably there'll be even less shops as a result of that plan. You guys and gals are really switched on and development savvy, either that or getting very comfortable.[/p][/quote]The new cinema that is right at the other side of the town centre... Further away from the existing main bus station. Sounds like progress to me.... The town centre should be contracting and consolidating in this day and age of internet shopping! atlas123
  • Score: -5

1:12pm Fri 17 Jan 14

Balboa says...

They should leave the bulldozers running and blitz the whole place, then start again with something decent not resembling a 5hithole. Didn't use to be this bad. Why the Council's obsession with having a large centre? - may as well reduce it by half and improve the quality of what we have left, and give the rest for housing.
They should leave the bulldozers running and blitz the whole place, then start again with something decent not resembling a 5hithole. Didn't use to be this bad. Why the Council's obsession with having a large centre? - may as well reduce it by half and improve the quality of what we have left, and give the rest for housing. Balboa
  • Score: 9

1:23pm Fri 17 Jan 14

Bolton Lad 85 says...

As if a bus terminal is the answer.People who get the bus are not the people who are going to spend money in town. Put in free car parks for an hour close to the shops not on the edge of town like top way. Poor/old people on the bus need the people with money who want to put shopping in their car.
As if a bus terminal is the answer.People who get the bus are not the people who are going to spend money in town. Put in free car parks for an hour close to the shops not on the edge of town like top way. Poor/old people on the bus need the people with money who want to put shopping in their car. Bolton Lad 85
  • Score: 8

1:42pm Fri 17 Jan 14

I, Ludicrous says...

Suits me and doubtlessly many others. We now don't have to walk to and from Moor Lane to the train station. If the Council think that this development will actually do anything to attract out-of-towners into our moribund town centre then they're even more deluded than I already have them down as being.
Suits me and doubtlessly many others. We now don't have to walk to and from Moor Lane to the train station. If the Council think that this development will actually do anything to attract out-of-towners into our moribund town centre then they're even more deluded than I already have them down as being. I, Ludicrous
  • Score: 7

1:44pm Fri 17 Jan 14

WATOAOW says...

Bolton Lad 85 wrote:
As if a bus terminal is the answer.People who get the bus are not the people who are going to spend money in town. Put in free car parks for an hour close to the shops not on the edge of town like top way. Poor/old people on the bus need the people with money who want to put shopping in their car.
Surely the free parking should only be for 'rich peoples' cars though. Maybe only cars that are less than 3 years old and prestige makes like BMW, Mercedes, Aston Martin, Rolls Royce etc..

You wouldn't want to be giving free parking to those driving 'poor' cars like an S reg Fiesta or a 10 year old Micra. There's no way a person who could only afford to drive such a car would have money to spend in town.
[quote][p][bold]Bolton Lad 85[/bold] wrote: As if a bus terminal is the answer.People who get the bus are not the people who are going to spend money in town. Put in free car parks for an hour close to the shops not on the edge of town like top way. Poor/old people on the bus need the people with money who want to put shopping in their car.[/p][/quote]Surely the free parking should only be for 'rich peoples' cars though. Maybe only cars that are less than 3 years old and prestige makes like BMW, Mercedes, Aston Martin, Rolls Royce etc.. You wouldn't want to be giving free parking to those driving 'poor' cars like an S reg Fiesta or a 10 year old Micra. There's no way a person who could only afford to drive such a car would have money to spend in town. WATOAOW
  • Score: 3

2:22pm Fri 17 Jan 14

The Running Man says...

Bolton Lad 85 wrote:
As if a bus terminal is the answer.People who get the bus are not the people who are going to spend money in town. Put in free car parks for an hour close to the shops not on the edge of town like top way. Poor/old people on the bus need the people with money who want to put shopping in their car.
Absolutely right, and don't even think about giving them bread. Let them eat cake!
[quote][p][bold]Bolton Lad 85[/bold] wrote: As if a bus terminal is the answer.People who get the bus are not the people who are going to spend money in town. Put in free car parks for an hour close to the shops not on the edge of town like top way. Poor/old people on the bus need the people with money who want to put shopping in their car.[/p][/quote]Absolutely right, and don't even think about giving them bread. Let them eat cake! The Running Man
  • Score: 6

4:33pm Fri 17 Jan 14

Comment777 says...

WATOAOW wrote:
Bolton Lad 85 wrote:
As if a bus terminal is the answer.People who get the bus are not the people who are going to spend money in town. Put in free car parks for an hour close to the shops not on the edge of town like top way. Poor/old people on the bus need the people with money who want to put shopping in their car.
Surely the free parking should only be for 'rich peoples' cars though. Maybe only cars that are less than 3 years old and prestige makes like BMW, Mercedes, Aston Martin, Rolls Royce etc..

You wouldn't want to be giving free parking to those driving 'poor' cars like an S reg Fiesta or a 10 year old Micra. There's no way a person who could only afford to drive such a car would have money to spend in town.
You missed VOLVO of your prestigious list. Volvos should have there own car park...
[quote][p][bold]WATOAOW[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bolton Lad 85[/bold] wrote: As if a bus terminal is the answer.People who get the bus are not the people who are going to spend money in town. Put in free car parks for an hour close to the shops not on the edge of town like top way. Poor/old people on the bus need the people with money who want to put shopping in their car.[/p][/quote]Surely the free parking should only be for 'rich peoples' cars though. Maybe only cars that are less than 3 years old and prestige makes like BMW, Mercedes, Aston Martin, Rolls Royce etc.. You wouldn't want to be giving free parking to those driving 'poor' cars like an S reg Fiesta or a 10 year old Micra. There's no way a person who could only afford to drive such a car would have money to spend in town.[/p][/quote]You missed VOLVO of your prestigious list. Volvos should have there own car park... Comment777
  • Score: 5

5:10pm Fri 17 Jan 14

Andy Higham says...

I was stood waiting for a train on Trinity street station yesterday. I looked across to where the new bus station is going to be built, it is about 1/4 mile away from the platforms as the crow flies. Its still going to be a long walk from bus to train and the £48,000,000 doesn't include moving footways.
What exactly is included for this £48.000.000? A triangle of tarmac with a few shelters on it, a cycle park duplicating the 500 space cycle park on the train station Oh and I presume somewhere for the bus drivers to have a brew and a rest while their buses are sat on the station NOT EARNING MONEY.
Recently I visited Dublin, a large city with an excellent public transport system. There is NO bus station in Dublin, there is a coach station for the long distance coaches. The buses drive around their routes and stop at BUS STOPS at the kerbside
I was stood waiting for a train on Trinity street station yesterday. I looked across to where the new bus station is going to be built, it is about 1/4 mile away from the platforms as the crow flies. Its still going to be a long walk from bus to train and the £48,000,000 doesn't include moving footways. What exactly is included for this £48.000.000? A triangle of tarmac with a few shelters on it, a cycle park duplicating the 500 space cycle park on the train station Oh and I presume somewhere for the bus drivers to have a brew and a rest while their buses are sat on the station NOT EARNING MONEY. Recently I visited Dublin, a large city with an excellent public transport system. There is NO bus station in Dublin, there is a coach station for the long distance coaches. The buses drive around their routes and stop at BUS STOPS at the kerbside Andy Higham
  • Score: 3

5:32pm Fri 17 Jan 14

Poodleface says...

£48m on a train and bus station.... So people can have something new to look at whilst they LEAVE Bolton via said bus and train station and spend their money in Manchester, Preston, Bury, Wigan, Horwich or the Trafford Centre. It's nowhere near any of the half decent shops left in the town! You'd have to walk through the filthy town centre past all the charity shops, empty units and banks to get there! There isn't anywhere decent to eat in town apart from fast food places for gods sake!!! They might as well bulldoze 80% of the town centre and spend £48m of the publics money regenerating it from scratch, combining the historical elements of the town with modern day requirements consumers want to see!! Makes me sick thinking these people are in charge of these idiotic and expensive decisions using the taxes I pay for when I see no benefits whatsoever.
£48m on a train and bus station.... So people can have something new to look at whilst they LEAVE Bolton via said bus and train station and spend their money in Manchester, Preston, Bury, Wigan, Horwich or the Trafford Centre. It's nowhere near any of the half decent shops left in the town! You'd have to walk through the filthy town centre past all the charity shops, empty units and banks to get there! There isn't anywhere decent to eat in town apart from fast food places for gods sake!!! They might as well bulldoze 80% of the town centre and spend £48m of the publics money regenerating it from scratch, combining the historical elements of the town with modern day requirements consumers want to see!! Makes me sick thinking these people are in charge of these idiotic and expensive decisions using the taxes I pay for when I see no benefits whatsoever. Poodleface
  • Score: 3

6:51pm Fri 17 Jan 14

Beyond News Forum says...

The money isn't directly coming from taxes. But I digress £48-million on this project is a waste of money. Bolton has been failed, failed and failed due to deluded councilors who cannot for the life of them structure what is actually a simple regeneration of the town centre.

We did not need a new transport hub, we needed a new TC. But as people of Bolton we never get listened to by the pillocks in the town hall, they pretend they have not heard all the calls for reinstating a Market Hall to its former glory, hey do not listen to people who wish to rid our town centre of poxy loan sharking facilities, too many pound shops and betting places. They do not listen to the traders who are screaming at the top of their voices that more generation within the town centre needs to be a priority. They do not listen to people, they do what they want.

We need people in the town hall, real people with a real business acumen and affiliation to the town's people.

And people need people to act on the ignorance of this council and the ones that came before them. We need to get them out and get them out soon.

Now how does a 'no confidence' in your council lobby work? That's right *pop* we go to the vote. Where are the shouts of discontent outside the town hall?

From what I read every day, from what I here every day out in the real world that is beyond the inflated egos of that town hall, all I hear are people moaning about the state of affairs.

Then do something about it... you want them out, then go get them out. Get outside that town hall and call for it. You have a right to ask and protest for the removal of Cliff Morris - Go do it before it is too late.
The money isn't directly coming from taxes. But I digress £48-million on this project is a waste of money. Bolton has been failed, failed and failed due to deluded councilors who cannot for the life of them structure what is actually a simple regeneration of the town centre. We did not need a new transport hub, we needed a new TC. But as people of Bolton we never get listened to by the pillocks in the town hall, they pretend they have not heard all the calls for reinstating a Market Hall to its former glory, hey do not listen to people who wish to rid our town centre of poxy loan sharking facilities, too many pound shops and betting places. They do not listen to the traders who are screaming at the top of their voices that more generation within the town centre needs to be a priority. They do not listen to people, they do what they want. We need people in the town hall, real people with a real business acumen and affiliation to the town's people. And people need people to act on the ignorance of this council and the ones that came before them. We need to get them out and get them out soon. Now how does a 'no confidence' in your council lobby work? That's right *pop* we go to the vote. Where are the shouts of discontent outside the town hall? From what I read every day, from what I here every day out in the real world that is beyond the inflated egos of that town hall, all I hear are people moaning about the state of affairs. Then do something about it... you want them out, then go get them out. Get outside that town hall and call for it. You have a right to ask and protest for the removal of Cliff Morris - Go do it before it is too late. Beyond News Forum
  • Score: 4

7:30pm Fri 17 Jan 14

BWFC71 says...

Poodleface wrote:
£48m on a train and bus station.... So people can have something new to look at whilst they LEAVE Bolton via said bus and train station and spend their money in Manchester, Preston, Bury, Wigan, Horwich or the Trafford Centre. It's nowhere near any of the half decent shops left in the town! You'd have to walk through the filthy town centre past all the charity shops, empty units and banks to get there! There isn't anywhere decent to eat in town apart from fast food places for gods sake!!! They might as well bulldoze 80% of the town centre and spend £48m of the publics money regenerating it from scratch, combining the historical elements of the town with modern day requirements consumers want to see!! Makes me sick thinking these people are in charge of these idiotic and expensive decisions using the taxes I pay for when I see no benefits whatsoever.
Nope - the £48million is only for a new bus station and a covered bridge that will connect the current train station concourse to the new bus station - although I presume after 6 months the covered bridge will close due to anti-social behaviour!!!

But have you noticed there is nothing about a car-park to replace the station car-park that I going to close - thus limiting the options of a large percentage of train users who HAVE to use a car to get to the station because of lack of commuter peak-time buses (unlike London - TfL - who prefer to have more commuter peak-time busses than daytime buses).

It is about time the TfGM also considered car users to get to/from station as they don't provide a decent enough bus service (nor do the operators on a commercial basis) - that's what the £48million could have been spent on better and more wisely.
[quote][p][bold]Poodleface[/bold] wrote: £48m on a train and bus station.... So people can have something new to look at whilst they LEAVE Bolton via said bus and train station and spend their money in Manchester, Preston, Bury, Wigan, Horwich or the Trafford Centre. It's nowhere near any of the half decent shops left in the town! You'd have to walk through the filthy town centre past all the charity shops, empty units and banks to get there! There isn't anywhere decent to eat in town apart from fast food places for gods sake!!! They might as well bulldoze 80% of the town centre and spend £48m of the publics money regenerating it from scratch, combining the historical elements of the town with modern day requirements consumers want to see!! Makes me sick thinking these people are in charge of these idiotic and expensive decisions using the taxes I pay for when I see no benefits whatsoever.[/p][/quote]Nope - the £48million is only for a new bus station and a covered bridge that will connect the current train station concourse to the new bus station - although I presume after 6 months the covered bridge will close due to anti-social behaviour!!! But have you noticed there is nothing about a car-park to replace the station car-park that I going to close - thus limiting the options of a large percentage of train users who HAVE to use a car to get to the station because of lack of commuter peak-time buses (unlike London - TfL - who prefer to have more commuter peak-time busses than daytime buses). It is about time the TfGM also considered car users to get to/from station as they don't provide a decent enough bus service (nor do the operators on a commercial basis) - that's what the £48million could have been spent on better and more wisely. BWFC71
  • Score: 3

7:50pm Fri 17 Jan 14

Andy Higham says...

The money IS coming from taxes. Councils, Quangos, Government departments etc have only one way of raising revenue, TAXATION, be it direct taxation like income tax or council tax or indirect taxation like VAT or fuel tax
The money IS coming from taxes. Councils, Quangos, Government departments etc have only one way of raising revenue, TAXATION, be it direct taxation like income tax or council tax or indirect taxation like VAT or fuel tax Andy Higham
  • Score: 3

8:31pm Fri 17 Jan 14

FreedomOfSpeech1945 says...

Wow, BWFC71 talking sense finally! Who costs up these silly projects? 48 million? Why, when there is a perfectly useable bus station already in the town centre. I know the money has come from the Dft, just think how many new shiny trains could HAVE been purchased with it. This country really does baffle me.
Wow, BWFC71 talking sense finally! Who costs up these silly projects? 48 million? Why, when there is a perfectly useable bus station already in the town centre. I know the money has come from the Dft, just think how many new shiny trains could HAVE been purchased with it. This country really does baffle me. FreedomOfSpeech1945
  • Score: 0

8:47pm Fri 17 Jan 14

FreedomOfSpeech1945 says...

Or it could HAVE been used to re-open the Bolton to Bury railway line (with a slight diversion due to stupid housing) and I could guarantee that the services would be popular, much more popular than an overpriced Bus stop.
Or it could HAVE been used to re-open the Bolton to Bury railway line (with a slight diversion due to stupid housing) and I could guarantee that the services would be popular, much more popular than an overpriced Bus stop. FreedomOfSpeech1945
  • Score: 3

10:15pm Fri 17 Jan 14

BWFC71 says...

FreedomOfSpeech1945 wrote:
Wow, BWFC71 talking sense finally! Who costs up these silly projects? 48 million? Why, when there is a perfectly useable bus station already in the town centre. I know the money has come from the Dft, just think how many new shiny trains could HAVE been purchased with it. This country really does baffle me.
The money has NOT come from the DfT!!!!

The money for the bus station has come from the TfGM which indirecty has come from our Council Taxes - and not just ours but every householder in Greater Manchester!

The DfT has no say in infrastructure like bus station or local non-rail transport!
[quote][p][bold]FreedomOfSpeech1945[/bold] wrote: Wow, BWFC71 talking sense finally! Who costs up these silly projects? 48 million? Why, when there is a perfectly useable bus station already in the town centre. I know the money has come from the Dft, just think how many new shiny trains could HAVE been purchased with it. This country really does baffle me.[/p][/quote]The money has NOT come from the DfT!!!! The money for the bus station has come from the TfGM which indirecty has come from our Council Taxes - and not just ours but every householder in Greater Manchester! The DfT has no say in infrastructure like bus station or local non-rail transport! BWFC71
  • Score: 0

10:20pm Fri 17 Jan 14

BWFC71 says...

FreedomOfSpeech1945 wrote:
Or it could HAVE been used to re-open the Bolton to Bury railway line (with a slight diversion due to stupid housing) and I could guarantee that the services would be popular, much more popular than an overpriced Bus stop.
No it couldn't as TfGM has no say in what railway lines can or cannot be opened/re-opened as that fall to the DfT and whatever replaced the SRA (Strategic Rail Authority).

TfGM could have had the idea of sending the trams that way, BUT how many millions would it have to take to strengthen the bridge over Darcy Lever or re-routing around Burnden Park (as the new Central Police Station actually blocks the entrance to the old bridge) never mind around Bradley Fold!!!!

But how many would use it as it would mean travelling time to Manchester would be over double as what it is now from Bolton by train as a Bolton to Bury tram line would just not be profitable enough - especially as the 471, 510, 512, 513 and 524 already do a good enough job!
[quote][p][bold]FreedomOfSpeech1945[/bold] wrote: Or it could HAVE been used to re-open the Bolton to Bury railway line (with a slight diversion due to stupid housing) and I could guarantee that the services would be popular, much more popular than an overpriced Bus stop.[/p][/quote]No it couldn't as TfGM has no say in what railway lines can or cannot be opened/re-opened as that fall to the DfT and whatever replaced the SRA (Strategic Rail Authority). TfGM could have had the idea of sending the trams that way, BUT how many millions would it have to take to strengthen the bridge over Darcy Lever or re-routing around Burnden Park (as the new Central Police Station actually blocks the entrance to the old bridge) never mind around Bradley Fold!!!! But how many would use it as it would mean travelling time to Manchester would be over double as what it is now from Bolton by train as a Bolton to Bury tram line would just not be profitable enough - especially as the 471, 510, 512, 513 and 524 already do a good enough job! BWFC71
  • Score: 3

2:10am Sat 18 Jan 14

Reality50 says...

The Bolton-Bury line reinstatement would cost tens of millions but would only be useful if it connected with the East Lancs railway at Bury which extends to Heywood. You would then need to connect it to Castleton from Heywood and then onto Rochdale,Halifax,Bur
nley via the Tod Curve,Bradford and Leeds to make it profitable.All this could be achieved except there is housing at Bradley Fold on the old line and to build a 2 mile line from Heywood to Castleton would be too expensive.The East Lancs private railway between Rawtenstall and Heywood has been under pressure to sell to the main rail industry and frankly it should.Even so,it is a no goer in times of austerity.As someone who goes to Bury,Rochdale and West Yorkshire often,that line would suit me. As for the Bolton bus/rail interchange,i totally support this but hope a cafe and cashpoints and a booking office are going to be included once finished.
The Bolton-Bury line reinstatement would cost tens of millions but would only be useful if it connected with the East Lancs railway at Bury which extends to Heywood. You would then need to connect it to Castleton from Heywood and then onto Rochdale,Halifax,Bur nley via the Tod Curve,Bradford and Leeds to make it profitable.All this could be achieved except there is housing at Bradley Fold on the old line and to build a 2 mile line from Heywood to Castleton would be too expensive.The East Lancs private railway between Rawtenstall and Heywood has been under pressure to sell to the main rail industry and frankly it should.Even so,it is a no goer in times of austerity.As someone who goes to Bury,Rochdale and West Yorkshire often,that line would suit me. As for the Bolton bus/rail interchange,i totally support this but hope a cafe and cashpoints and a booking office are going to be included once finished. Reality50
  • Score: 3

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