PASSENGERS will see a number of changes at Leigh bus station as the next phase of a £1m facelift begins.
Two stands will be closed for refurbishment with services departing from other temporary locations from Monday April 27.
It’s great news that this major overhaul of Leigh bus station is progressingPeter Boulton
Stands A and B will be shut for refurbishment and the Travelshop, supervisors and assistants will move to a Portakabin in the pedestrianised area between the bus station and Spinning Gate Shopping Centre.
The work is part of the bus priority investment package being rolled out across the region by Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) and is also part of preparations for the opening of the guided busway.
TfGM’s head of programme management services, Peter Boulton, said: “It’s great news that this major overhaul of Leigh bus station is progressing as the new-look station will not only provide passengers with an excellent waiting environment and cycling facilities, but is also an important part of the busway scheme.
“The aim of this massive civil engineering construction project is to provide increased access to jobs, both locally and further afield, and attract investment in the community, thereby making Leigh a more attractive place to live work and visit.”
Work started at the bus station in March 2015, just weeks after the bulk of the associated town centre improvements were completed.
The new-look bus station will have a new Travelshop, refurbished public toilets and improved signage while the bus stands will be redecorated and re-glazed to create a brighter, more modern passenger waiting environment.
A new cycle hub is being built to offer secure storage for up to 46 bikes under full cover, with CCTV coverage and swipe card entry. All the work will be completed by the end of this summer.
Construction work on the guided busway is well under way and is due to be completed by the end of this year.
For more information about the improvement works to Leigh bus station and the bus priority package, visit www.tfgm.com/buspriority or ring 0300 123 1177.