Wigan Bus Station is all set for opening this Sunday, 28 October, following a live trial to test all aspects of the new facility.
Fifty members of staff from Transport for Greater Manchester and Wigan Council, who have delivered the new bus station, volunteered to act as passengers for the dry run. They worked through various scenarios, testing all features including seating, passenger information, the ticket and information office, signage and bus stands.
Local bus operators provided vehicles and drivers for the trial and staff were tasked with finding and boarding services.
They also checked out the men’s and women’s toilets, standard accessible National Key Scheme toilets, a baby changing room, and an enhanced Changing Places toilet in the concourse.
As well as ensuring that everything is operating smoothly, the event was a key part of bus station staff training and meant TfGM could collect valuable feedback and act upon it as required.
In addition to the trial day, Greater Manchester Disability Design Reference Group and the Wigan Access Committee have visited the bus station ahead of its opening. Their members, who have a wide range of disabilities, tested all aspects of the facility and provided feedback.
Some routes in Wigan will be renumbered at the same time as the bus station opens.