Interchange work is still on track despite criticism over 'standstill', say bosses

The cleared ground in Newport Street which will be the site of the Interchange

The cleared ground in Newport Street which will be the site of the Interchange

First published in News The Bolton News: Photograph of the Author by , politics reporter

TRANSPORT bosses have insisted work is steaming ahead on the new Bolton Interchange — despite criticism that building has come to a standstill.

Shops and properties in Newport Street, Great Moor Street and Johnson Street were knocked down in November to make way for the new £48 million Interchange, which will bring together a new bus depot alongside the train station.

But shopkeepers and residents have raised concerns that work has since stalled on the site, which is being developed by Transport for Greater Manchester (TFGM).

Tom Heap, a part-time sales assistant at Big Size Menswear in Newport Street, said a lack of communication from transport leaders has led to rumours circulating about the future of the site.

The 62-year-old from Leigh added: “The general public needs to know what’s going on.

“People come into the shop and ask what’s going on with the bus station, and nobody knows. It’s impact-ing on businesses at the end of Newport Street, when they see the hoardings and think nothing is going on down there. It stops some people visiting the shops.”

A spokesman for TFGM said construction work would start on the new Interchange before the end of the year, but was unable to provide a date.

He added: “TfGM has completed a number of preparatory works on the Bolton Interchange site, including building demolition, ecology surveys, vegetation clearance, utility diversions and the installation of hoardings.

“There are still a number of these works yet to complete, such as the relocation of the existing Electricity North West substation, before construc-tion work can begin on the Interchange later this year.

“TfGM will continue to work with residents and stakeholders to ensure they are kept informed of developments.”

Cllr David Chadwick, the member in charge of transport at Bolton Council, said due to the scale of the building work and the co-ordination needed between many different partners, delays were inevitable.

He added: “We all want the Interchange to be up and running as soon as possible.

“It’s a massive project to co-ordinate and I’m not in the least bit surprised there have been a few delays.”

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11:37am Thu 14 Aug 14

Wolfie190 says...

It would make a nicer car park than bus station we already have a bus station.
It would make a nicer car park than bus station we already have a bus station. Wolfie190
  • Score: -3

12:42pm Thu 14 Aug 14

nigella farrage says...

It is now estimated to cost the tax payers of Greater Manchester £54million for the bus station to be built with no privisions for car drivers to park their cars at the station for onward travel (unlike all other new bus stations in the county!!!)

Blackburn bus station, being paid for by Blackburn with Darwen Council, on the other hand is going to cost £5million with provisions for a park & ride scheme!!!


Who is being fleeced?????
It is now estimated to cost the tax payers of Greater Manchester £54million for the bus station to be built with no privisions for car drivers to park their cars at the station for onward travel (unlike all other new bus stations in the county!!!) Blackburn bus station, being paid for by Blackburn with Darwen Council, on the other hand is going to cost £5million with provisions for a park & ride scheme!!! Who is being fleeced????? nigella farrage
  • Score: -2

4:36pm Thu 14 Aug 14

Brian WIilliamson says...

Developers and Builders, or what ever they call themselves there days are purely interested in profit. The estimated cost of £48 million in my opinion is totally inflated, I would like to know the contract the so called professional advisors have recommended, NEC ? A Priime Cost uncontrollable cost contract giving the "builders" an open cheque book.
Developers and Builders, or what ever they call themselves there days are purely interested in profit. The estimated cost of £48 million in my opinion is totally inflated, I would like to know the contract the so called professional advisors have recommended, NEC ? A Priime Cost uncontrollable cost contract giving the "builders" an open cheque book. Brian WIilliamson
  • Score: -5

8:43pm Thu 14 Aug 14

Marzi30 says...

What worries me is who's going to use it ? Buses running in Bolton after 6pm are a rarity, it'll just become a no go zone inhabited by drunks and thieves, total waste of money. Even now bus routes and evening services continue to be cut.
What worries me is who's going to use it ? Buses running in Bolton after 6pm are a rarity, it'll just become a no go zone inhabited by drunks and thieves, total waste of money. Even now bus routes and evening services continue to be cut. Marzi30
  • Score: 3

9:56pm Thu 14 Aug 14

nigella farrage says...

Lets see....


Edgworth - NO BUS SERVICE whatsoever. yest less than a year ago it had an hourly bus service.

Horwich Estates - NO DIRECT BUS SERVICE - buses go direct to Leigh rather than Bolton

Ringley - NO DIRECT BUS SERVICE - buses go to direct to Bury rather than Bolton

Parts of Farnworth - NO DIRECT BUS SERVICE - buses either go to Manchester or to Blackrod rather than Bolton

Darcy Lever- No Sunday evening bus service

Sharples, Egerton, Bromley Cross - No Sunday evening bus service

Ladybridge - No Sunday evening bus service

Barrow Bridge, Markland Hill, Horwich Estates, Belmont, Bradshaw Mill, Affetside, Prestolee, Ringley - No evening or Sunday bus service

Yet if you look at other parts of Greater Manchester they haven't had bus services decimated as bad as what Bolton has!!!! I'd rather have seen the £54million, be spent on providing buses rather than on a white elephant that will service very few bus routes, if any by the time it opens!!!!
Lets see.... Edgworth - NO BUS SERVICE whatsoever. yest less than a year ago it had an hourly bus service. Horwich Estates - NO DIRECT BUS SERVICE - buses go direct to Leigh rather than Bolton Ringley - NO DIRECT BUS SERVICE - buses go to direct to Bury rather than Bolton Parts of Farnworth - NO DIRECT BUS SERVICE - buses either go to Manchester or to Blackrod rather than Bolton Darcy Lever- No Sunday evening bus service Sharples, Egerton, Bromley Cross - No Sunday evening bus service Ladybridge - No Sunday evening bus service Barrow Bridge, Markland Hill, Horwich Estates, Belmont, Bradshaw Mill, Affetside, Prestolee, Ringley - No evening or Sunday bus service Yet if you look at other parts of Greater Manchester they haven't had bus services decimated as bad as what Bolton has!!!! I'd rather have seen the £54million, be spent on providing buses rather than on a white elephant that will service very few bus routes, if any by the time it opens!!!! nigella farrage
  • Score: 2

10:05pm Thu 14 Aug 14

nigella farrage says...

http://www.blackburn
citizen.co.uk/news/1
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The above link is taken from BN's sister paper and showing what is actually happening in Blackburn and the real cost for their new transport interchange (£5million!!!!)


Also did you know that in most arts of Blackburn they have bus services that operate until 0030 and not 2300!!!!
http://www.blackburn citizen.co.uk/news/1 1392360.REVEALED__Bl ackburn_s_new_Cathed ral_Quarter_developm ent/ The above link is taken from BN's sister paper and showing what is actually happening in Blackburn and the real cost for their new transport interchange (£5million!!!!) Also did you know that in most arts of Blackburn they have bus services that operate until 0030 and not 2300!!!! nigella farrage
  • Score: 1

6:50am Fri 15 Aug 14

FreedomOfSpeech1945 says...

What a waste of bl00dy money. It could've been spent on bringing the Metrolink to Bolton!
What a waste of bl00dy money. It could've been spent on bringing the Metrolink to Bolton! FreedomOfSpeech1945
  • Score: 2

1:57pm Fri 15 Aug 14

johnnykilroy4 says...

Bolton should invest in the metro link that would bring loads of people and money to Bolton town centre i know we have a good train link but if bolton got the metro link from the old bury to bolton train route ( some how ? ) it would be a good idea.
Bolton should invest in the metro link that would bring loads of people and money to Bolton town centre i know we have a good train link but if bolton got the metro link from the old bury to bolton train route ( some how ? ) it would be a good idea. johnnykilroy4
  • Score: 1

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