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Bolton

Updated: 10am Sunday 5 July

Cinemas 📽️, bars 🍺, restaurants 🍔 and leisure facilities have reopened in Bolton and local areas. There is still reduced capacity on public transport due to social distancing measures.

It's really important for people who are going to work, or those who are going out for a social occasion, to think about how they are going to travel and especially how they are going to get home afterwards.

If you are planning a trip to Bolton cycle or walk if you can. Consider all other travel options before using public transport.

If you do use public transport, remember you must wear a face covering, unless you are exempt. It is your responsibility to provide this, and it can be a simple scarf or bandana. Exemptions include children under the age of 11 and anyone with a disability or condition which means they are unable to wear one.

Below is a breakdown of the transport information and advice for Bolton to help you make smart and safe travel choices 👇.


Cycling 🚴 - All-day capacity

Get on your bikes and ride!

Walking and cycling trips in Bolton have been on the rise for the last few months – from the green of Queens Park to the staff heading to Bolton Royal.

More and more people are walking and riding for exercise and for leisure trips.

You can travel to the town centre from the nearby areas of Radcliffe, Farnworth and Lostock in around 25 minutes and from Little Lever in 15 minutes.

There is a safe and secure cycling hub in the heart of Bolton at the Interchange. See the below map for further information.

There is also a more detailed map available showing cycle routes and more on-street cycle parking. Click here for more information.

Further cycling tips can be found here


Travelling before 11am – Available capacity

There are still buses and trains running from Manchester, Horwich, Bury and Salford but capacity is reduced across the whole day. Roads around Bolton have been quieter during this period.

Travel advice

  • Consider all other travel options before using public transport.

  • Cycling and walking for shorter journeys may be quicker – capacity on public transport is reduced to protect social distancing.

  • You can travel to the town centre from the nearby areas of Radcliffe, Farnworth and Lostock in around 25 minutes and from Little Lever in 15 minutes.

  • If you have to use public transport then use bus services that run on the main roads into the town centre. There will be more capacity available.

  • Leave the car at home, save money on parking and time spent in traffic.


Travelling between 11am and 7pm – Limited capacity and road congestion expected

Bus passenger numbers and road journeys have increased since 15 June and the busiest part of the day on the network is now in the mid-afternoon leading up to the early evening.

Traffic heading to Bolton, local areas/attractions and retail outlets has increased, leading to longer journey times and queues. The traffic hotspots are shown on the map below. To avoid being caught in traffic retiming or rerouting your journey could save time behind the wheel - some of the tips below might help also.

Travel advice

  • There are still buses and trains running from Manchester, Horwich, Bury and Salford but capacity is reduced for social distancing. Consider all other travel options before using public transport.

  • Cycling and walking for shorter journeys may be quicker during this period – most local shops and bars/restaurants can be reached with a 20-minute walk or a 10-minute cycle. Leave the car at home, save money on parking and time spent in traffic.

  • There is a cycling hub at the Interchange. Click here for easy access.

  • Use bus services that run on the main roads into the town centre. There will be more capacity available.

  • For occasional journeys consider taxis and private hire services as an alternative to public transport.

  • If you do have to drive, be aware that car parking may be limited, and you may have to queue during this busy period.

The below map shows the expected congestion areas on the roads from Saturday 4 July.


Travelling after 7pm and late evening travel advice/service updates

Many cinemas 📽️, bars 🍺, restaurants 🍔 and leisure facilities have reopened in Bolton but also in the nearby areas of Farnworth, Horwich and Westhoughton.

It's really important for people who are going to work, or those who are going out for a social occasion to think about how they are going to travel and especially how they are going to get home afterwards. Some buses and trains don't operate as late as they used to and many services don't operate after 10pm 👇.

Travel advice

If you have to travel by public transport bookmark the below links to plan your route home or follow the taxi/private hire advice:

  • Check your bus 🚌 journey home here
  • Check your train 🚄 journey home here
  • 🚕 Pre-book a private hire or take a taxi. Store taxi and private hire phone numbers/download apps before leaving home.

Service times will change depending on the day - for live bus and train times check here.