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Vinci beats two to Wigan transport interchange

Vinci has won a deal to deliver Wigan’s new transport interchange.

Construction News understands the contractor beat rival bidders Buckingham and Keepmoat to the job.

The project, which will see the construction of a transport interchange and public realm improvements on the site of the existing bus station, received planning approval in April 2016.

It will be delivered by Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) with central government funding, via the Greater Manchester Local Growth Deal programme.

It is understood that the construction value of the project is around £8m.

The transport interchange will include a covered passenger concourse, new bus routes to the town centre, a ticket and travel shop, as well as improved toilet facilities and cycle parking.

All bus services are due to be maintained throughout the 18-month construction period, with start on site expected later this year and completion in 2019.

The project forms part of TfGM’s Interchanges programme, which has seen the construction of four transport hubs across the city.

Interchanges at Altrincham, Rochdale and Wythenshawe have all been delivered, while Kier is currently on site at a scheme in Bolton.

Tameside interchange in Ashton, also part of the interchanges programme, was given the funding green light last Friday, with the Greater Manchester Combined Authority agreeing to back the scheme with £33m from its local growth fund.

Buckingham, Keepmoat and Vinci all declined to comment. TfGM was contacted for comment.

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