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First bridge span for £48M Bolton Interchange

Bolton Interchange bridge span

A 30.5t steel bridge span has been lifted into place at the site of Bolton’s £48M transport hub.

Work for the rail, bus and cycle Bolton Interchange started in 2015 and is set to finish this summer. A 750t crane was used to lift the first steel span of the 100m skylink bridge, which will overlook the bus station.

The bridge span, which is 20.1m long, 3.6m high and 3.8m wide, was lifted into place by Network Rail contractor Murphy Group for Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM). The next three sections are yet to be added, although groundworks for the bridge started in March.

“The skylink bridge is a vital part of the interchange project and will provide much greater integration between bus and rail services, which is a key motivation behind the entire scheme,” said TfGM committee chair Andrew Fender.

“So the installation of the first section really provides an obvious landmark and demonstration of progress.”

A super lightweight roof at the hub has recently been installed by Kier Construction. It is hoped the Bolton Interchange will provide better links between the town’s rail station and bus services.

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