Bolton interchange criticised
Date: 13/4/2010The proposed Bolton interchange, which Bolton Council hopes will bring improved bus services and more jobs to the area, has come under criticism from the Bolton Civic Trust.
Bolton Civic Trust chairman Brian Tetlow said the plans to build the £48 million interchange at Great Moor Street next to Bolton's train station were "unrealistic".
Speaking about the proposed designs for the new interchange to local newspapers, he said: "If these are indicative of the design then it is unacceptable. Great Moor Street is a very cramped area in which to gain access."
The interchange, financed through the Greater Manchester Transport Fund by Greater Manchester Public Transport Executive (GMPTE) and Bolton Council, is expected to open in late 2014. It would allow up to 30 per cent more bus services every hour and offer passengers improved waiting areas and facilities.
Councillor Cliff Morris, leader of Bolton Council, said the proposed interchange, which is still in the early planning stages, is great news for Bolton. "Anything that helps to bring extra employment to the town and helps regenerate has to be good news," he said.
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