Radcliffe’s brand new bus station is now open to passengers.
The new facility, which replaces the old station on the opposite side of Dale Street, will provide increased levels of comfort and security through purpose-built shelters and CCTV coverage.
Significant upgrades have also been made to the surrounding environment including high quality public realm, stepped seating areas, stair and ramp access, and high quality planting.
Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) and Bury Council have funded and worked in partnership on the project, which aligns with the Radcliffe Town Centre Masterplan and the council’s regeneration aspirations for Radcliffe.
Councillor Andrew Fender, chair of the TfGM Committee, said: “I am delighted that the new station is now complete as it not only provides a high quality gateway to the town centre but also a significantly upgraded facility for bus passengers in Radcliffe to enjoy.
“The new station complements the existing Metrolink stop and ensures that there are excellent public transport links to jobs, retail, education and leisure in the Radcliffe area.”
This is the latest stage of the town centre’s regeneration, following the £1 million refurbishment of the Market Hall and the new leisure centre on Spring Lane. A new retail-led development on the site of the old car park will shortly be announced.
Councillor Mike Connolly, leader of Bury Council, said: “The new bus station will provide commuters with a much improved environment and a more pleasant experience when using public transport.
“We promised the people of Radcliffe that they would see real improvements to the town centre and this, combined with all of our other recent investments, is proof that we’ve kept our promises.”
Contractors Bethell Construction Ltd began work on the site, which was previously a council car park, in March this year.
Work to dismantle the old bus station will begin in the New Year.
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Press release issued: 15 December 2015.
Picture: The new Radcliffe bus station.