Construction of Rochdale’s new multi-million pound transport interchange can begin after the scheme, worth over £11m, was given final approval, Local Transport Minister Norman Baker announced on Friday.
The new interchange will improve safety and security for bus passengers and will link directly with the new Metrolink extension currently under construction.
The interchange will be on the site adjacent to the existing bus station and next to the new Council offices currently under construction. It will replace the current 1970s bus station under the multi-storey car park.
The site of the existing station will now be redeveloped as part of the wider £250m town centre redevelopment plans.
Work can now start on the main construction works with the new bus station scheduled to open in summer 2013.