£15m bus station scheme unveiled

Artist's impression of the new bus stop
Artist's impression of the new bus stop

STRIKING images of Wigan town centre’s new bus station have been released for the first time.

The multi-million pound project to revamp the current site is due to start in 2017 and residents are now being asked for feedback on the plans.

It is important that members of the public, especially bus users, take part in the consultation. They will be able to see the plans for themselves and give feedback which could improve the new facility for the thousands of passengers who will use it every week

David Molyneux

Included at the station - which has a £15m budget - will be:

A single storey, glass fronted concourse and waiting area;

Improved Travelshop providing tickets and information;

New public facilities including toilets and public realm area including searing and cycle parking;

Improved links and walkways to town centre shops, Wigan and Leigh College and Youth Zone.

The new station will coincide with several regeneration projects that will alter the face of Wigan town centre in the near future.

And town hall bosses are hoping it will prove to be a further boost for the borough, bringing in workers, students and customers for the town centre’s alive after five economy.

Walkways from the bus terminal will lead out onto the soon-to-be revamped Galleries shopping centre which includes a new indoor market building plus cinema and restaurant complex.

Coun David Molyneux, Wigan Council’s cabinet member for regeneration, said: “It is essential that Wigan borough has an improved transport system that is fit for the decades ahead.

“A new bus station in Wigan is a key part of that. It will support the economic growth of the town and enable people to get to and from their places of work as well as Wigan’s great shops, markets, restaurants and bars in a modern, safe and welcoming environment.

“It is important that members of the public, especially bus users, take part in the consultation. They will be able to see the plans for themselves and give feedback which could improve the new facility for the thousands of passengers who will use it every week.”

A series of public events will start this week giving residents the chance to quiz the Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) and Wigan Council representatives.

The consultation period, which has started this week, will continue until December 20.

Coun Andrew Fender, Chair of the TfGM Committee, said: “A new bus station will provide a safer, more pleasant experience for residents and visitors, as well as improving access to jobs, learning and leisure opportunities.

“We need members of the public to give us their views on the early designs and our plans for better facilities. All of the responses will then be considered before any proposals are submitted for approval.”

Work is due to start on site in 2017, with the station open for use by the end of 2018.

The public consultation events are Grand Arcade Shopping Centre November 28, 10am to 5pm, Wigan Wallgate station November 30, 3.30pm to 7.30pm, December 3, 8am to 10.30am, Wigan Market Hall, New Market Street December 4, 10am to 5pm, Wigan bus station December 8, 10am to 5pm and December 12, 10am to 5pm.