The opening of the new drop off and pick up area and taxi rank at Bolton station has been delayed due to delivery issues, council officials have said.

‘Bolton Station Approach’, off Newport Street, has appeared near completion for some time but fencing has been kept up around the site.

This has continued to cause traffic difficulties in Trinity Street, outside the station, as motorists still use this area to drop off and pick up those using the station.

An issue with the delivery of some materials is the reason behind this delay, according to a council spokesman.

But these materials have now been received with work due to be completed shortly.

A council spokesman told The Bolton News: “Unfortunately the work at Newport Street is still awaiting completion due to a delay in the delivery of some materials.

"These materials have now been received and will be installed shortly. Street lighting work on the area will then need to be completed.

“We appreciate this delay is frustrating for motorists and are working to finalise completion as soon as possible.”

Lane closures were in place for some time in Newport Street to facilitate the construction of a new drop off/pick up area, as well as a new taxi rank and a new cycle track which will link to Trinity Street.

This involved the demolition of the bus shelters in front of the station.

The cycle track will link between the recently completed 'CYCLOPS' junction improvement at Newport Street and Trinity Street to the cycle hub outside Bolton Interchange.

The work is being delivered using Local Growth Deal funding provided by Bolton Council and Transport for Greater Manchester as part of a set of wider highway improvements included within the Salford Bolton Network Improvement Programme (SBNI).

Passengers are also being warned that a lift will be out of order until today, Wednesday.

The lift on platforms four and five, which takes train passengers towards Preston and Blackpool, will be shut for repairs.

Passengers needing help are being asked to contact staff at the station or ring 08001385560.