Bolton Interchange opens to the public

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Bolton’s new bus interchange opened to the public on Sunday, September 3, with the first bus departing shortly after 0600hrs, the Bolton News reported.

The number 36, operated by First Manchester, was the first route to serve the new interchange, with an Alexander Dennis Enviro400.

The new £48m hub boasts enhanced ticketing and waiting facilities, improved customer information as well as a newsagents and free WiFi.

The interchange has large screens displaying passenger information near the entrance and in the main concourse area, as well as smaller screens at each of the 23 bus stands, and is connected to Bolton’s train station via a skylink bridge.

It is the largest of its kind in Greater Manchester, and supports wider regeneration plans in the area.

Speaking of the opening, Bus Station Operations Duty Manager, Paul Overend, said: “We’ve been working towards this day for some time – it’s been a great team effort and I’m really pleased that the first day of operation has gone well.

“Bus services have been running smoothly and passengers we’ve spoken to appreciate the modern, light and spacious facilities. One infrequent bus traveller has even said that the interchange feels so safe and appealing that they’d consider selling their car to use buses every day.

“We’re looking forward to welcoming more passengers tomorrow for what will no doubt be a very busy Monday, with many commuters returning to work after the summer holidays.”