FOUR train stations in Bolton will benefit from a £2.4 million scheme to improve the ease and safety of journeys.

Hall I’ th’ Wood, Bromley Cross, Lostock, and Horwich Parkway will be fitted with new customer information screens, public address systems, CCTV cameras, help points and induction loops.

The scheme, which is being rolled out at 25 stations across Greater Manchester, will also include the installation of tactile paving on platform edges at some locations to enhance safety for passengers with a visual impairment. 

Transport for Greater Manchester’s head of rail, Amanda White, said: “We want to make travel easier in Greater Manchester, which is why we are providing facilities like help points, CCTV systems and public address systems to contribute to a more pleasant and assured journey experience.

“Our aspiration is to play a greater role in the management and operation of rail stations, and we are speaking with Government about how we can make this happen, moving closer to a fully integrated transport network in Greater Manchester.”

The improvement works, which began last week, are wholly funded by TfGM and are expected to be complete by summer 2018.

Since 2008, TfGM has delivered improvements at 46 rail stations across Greater Manchester as part of its Rail Station Improvement Strategy.

Major improvement works have also been carried out at Bolton station by Network Rail this summer in preparation for the first electric trains passing through the town later this year.