Mark Logan, Conservative MP for Bolton North East, has reignited plans for extending the Manchester Metrolink network to Bolton by submitting proposals to the Department for Transport as part of the £500m Restoring Your Railways fund. The line would link Bolton with Bury and Radcliffe and would mainly run on a disused railway track bed.
Mark Logan explains more on the plans: “I’m really pleased we’re in the running for this investment project, investing in transport links is key to levelling up opportunities, bringing our communities closer together, and allowing Bolton’s local economy to flourish.”
Mr Logan has been working closely alongside Cllr Stuart Haslam (Bolton Council Executive Cabinet Member for Transport) to work on the proposals which would see the reinstatement of the Bolton to Radcliffe and Bolton to Bury lines.
Cllr David Greenhalgh, Leader of Bolton Council, said to the Manchester Evening News: “These are the first exciting steps to attempt to bring Metrolink to Bolton, an aspiration we had as the new administration, and we will continue to work with our partners in Transport for Greater Manchester and Mark Logan MP, to hopefully get to the next stage of the process and put a bid together that will truly benefit Bolton.”
These proposals are at a very early stage and the £500 million Restoring Your Railways fund will be unable to support all those being developed currently but it’s a start to bringing Bolton onto the Metrolink map.