Wigan
The new 2018 Wigan Bus Station.jpg
The redeveloped bus station
General information
LocationHallgate, Wigan
Wigan
Coordinates53°32′48″N 2°38′02″W / 53.5466°N 2.63398°W / 53.5466; -2.63398Coordinates: 53°32′48″N 2°38′02″W / 53.5466°N 2.63398°W / 53.5466; -2.63398
Operated byTransport for Greater Manchester
Bus stands19
Bus operators
Connections
Construction
Bicycle facilitiesYes
Disabled accessYes
Other information
WebsiteTFGM Wigan Bus Station
History
Opened29 November 1987
Closed30 July 2017
Rebuilt28 October 2018

Wigan bus station is a bus station located in the town of Wigan, in Greater Manchester, England. It is run by Transport for Greater Manchester.

Services

The majority of services that serve Wigan Bus Station are run by Stagecoach Manchester, following their takeover of First Greater Manchester's Wigan depot in December 2012.[1] Other operators that serve the bus station include Arriva North West, Preston Bus, Diamond Bus North West, and Stagecoach Merseyside & South Lancashire.

There are frequent buses running to Bolton, Chorley, Ormskirk, St Helens and Skelmersdale plus several parts of the Wigan area, such as Ashton-in-Makerfield, Hindley, Shevington, Leigh, Pemberton, Golborne, Appley Bridge and Standish. Buses also run to Manchester, Preston, Southport, the Trafford Centre and Warrington.

Although there are several Nightbus services, which operate to areas around the town and to Leigh, these services do not serve the bus station and depart from outside Wigan North Western railway station instead.[2]

Redevelopment

The stands at the new bus station
The stands at the new bus station

In July 2017, it closed for redevelopment with the bus stands temporarily being located around the town centre.[3] The old bus stands were demolished and a new station was built on the same site, the project cost £15.7 million supported by the UK Government through the Greater Manchester Local Growth Deal programme.[4] The bus station opened in October 2018, two months ahead of schedule.[5] The new station added a new covered waiting area with better passenger comfort and security with increased retail space, new toilets and covered cycle parking. The development also has eco-friendly initiatives such as solar panels and the planting of wildflowers. Accessibility was also improved for people with physical disabilities and for the blind and partially sighted.[5]

History

The bus station as it looked before the 2017-8 redevelopment
The bus station as it looked before the 2017-8 redevelopment
Inside the old bus station
Inside the old bus station

The original bus station was demolished in the 1980s during a redevelopment of the town centre which also included the construction of the Galleries Shopping Centre, work started in 1985 and it opened in November 1987.[6] The station's facilities were also improved in 2001 with a £150,000 upgrade.[6]

Location

The station is located opposite the Galleries and well connected to the town centre with pedestrian and cycle routes. It is further connected to the wider area being around 400 yards away from the Wigan train stations of Wigan North Western and Wigan Wallgate.[7]

References

  1. ^ "Stagecoach Wigan". Stagecoach Group. Retrieved 1 December 2012.
  2. ^ "Buses - Nightbus - Wigan Map". Transport for Greater Manchester. Retrieved 11 May 2011.
  3. ^ "Wigan Bus Station Redevelopment". Arriva Busses.
  4. ^ "New bus station for Wigan comes together". Wigan Today. 28 May 2018.
  5. ^ a b "New Wigan Bus Station to open ahead of schedule". Transport For Greater Manchester. 9 October 2018. Retrieved 13 November 2018.
  6. ^ a b "GMPTE Trends and Statistics 2001/2002" (PDF). GMPTE.
  7. ^ Google. "Wigan bus station" (Map). Google Maps. Google.