Work starts in earnest this week on a £4 million renovation of Bolton railway station. The work is being funded by the Department for Transport’s National Stations Improvement Programme, although GMITA has contributed £950,000. The existing ticket hall at ground level will be totally remodelled to give four ticket windows and a new retail unit. In preparation for the work, the side-entrance on Trinity Street has been closed with the manned ticket barrier moving onto the pedestrian bridge itself in order to reduce congestion whilst improvement works continue.
At platform level, the existing waiting rooms will be totally renovated along with the toilet facilities – including disabled and baby changing facilities. The current glass annexe of the cafe on the southbound platform will be replaced with a more modern structure. A new platform canopy will be built between the footbridge and the existing station canopy in order to allow trains to stop closer to the footbridge without passengers getting wet. Lighting, seating and the platform surface will also be cleaned, repaired or replaced as necessary. New cycle stands will be located at the end of the platforms, with the existing bike lockers co-located there, and a new CCTV system is being installed.
With this work and the planned new bus interchange, Bolton seems to be getting a good deal on transport investment – perhaps as a consolation for not having any Metrolink lines. The work at the railway station is planned to be finished by summer next year.
[Image credit: “Waiting for the last train…” by Kerry Burnout on Flickr]