Railway bosses have issued an update on a lift at Bolton station which has been out of order since mid-March while it is being replaced.

One lift at the station, on platforms four and five, has been out of order as part of £570,000 upgrade work – with bosses saying the lift will be working again in the summer.


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Now, railway infrastructure manager Network Rail has revealed that the work to the lift is due to finish towards the end of July or in early August, with work said to be ‘going well’.

After this, work will begin on the lift to platforms one, two, and three – leaving those platforms only accessible by stairs.

Currently, the only step-free access at the station has been via platforms one, two, and three – served by trains towards Blackburn, Rochdale, Clitheroe, and Manchester.

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Trains departing from platforms four and five, such as those towards Blackpool, Southport, and Windermere, are not currently directly accessible without taking the stairs.

Passengers who need step-free access travelling from Bolton in the direction of Preston have been advised to travel to Salford Crescent before changing to another train, while passengers travelling to Bolton from the direction of Manchester are advised to travel only on services arriving at platforms one, two and three if in need of step-free access.

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