Town to get new solar bus shelters

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WIGAN Council is to receive more than £250,000 in Department of Transport cash for state-of-the-art “super” bus shelters with information displays and solar panels in and around the town centre.

Cabinet champion for the economy, Coun David Molyneux said: “We are creating a transport hub for the town and it is really coming together.

“The new Saddle road scheme, major investment along Wallgate and recent railway works began that process and now we will see a major enhancement for bus users as well. This is great news for bus users in Wigan and another boost for our town.”

The council and Transport for Greater Manchester are jointly carrying out a study into town centre business development and customer growth. A total of 1.4m passengers use the bus shelters in Wigan each year.

Eleven major public transport sites were selected under the bid, and these will be enhanced with new platforms, stop clearways, flags, poles, shelters, seating, information displays and solar power supplies. The proposal will ensure an attractive and accessible link for bus users.