Published on : Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Network Rail is advising passengers who park at Bolton station that there will be alterations to car parking later this month.An unofficial car park off Orlando Street will be permanently closed to motorists from Tuesday 24 January. This measure will allow engineers to reinstate platform five at the station which was taken out of use over 20 years ago.
Terry Strickland, area director for Network Rail said: “To bring platform 5 back in to use, we need to rebuild the platform and reinstate the track on land that is currently used for car parking. The additional platform is vital to our Railway Upgrade Plan on this route and will help to create better journeys for passengers in Bolton.”
“We are investing heavily in Bolton as part of our Railway Upgrade Plan to provide passengers with the railway that will meet their needs for many decades to come and help boost the economy across the north of England.”
“This upgrade work will mean a better, more reliable railway for passengers. To deliver it, significant engineering is required to improve the track layout, rebuild platforms and make space for new equipment to power electric trains in Bolton.”
The reinstatement of the fifth platform at Bolton complements £48m worth of enhancements being made by Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) – in conjunction with Bolton Council – to the transport infrastructure in the town. An improved interchange adjacent to the station that will replace the current bus station on Moor Lane and once complete will provide public transport users with a seamless link between bus and rail services via a fully enclosed Skylink bridge.
The work at Bolton forms an integral part of a £1bn+ investment across the north of England and will allow faster, more frequent electric trains to run through the station.