Moor Lane bus station though the ages (From The Bolton News)

THIS week we take a look back at Moor Lane bus station as the facility enters its final weeks of operation.

Soon to be made redundant by the new interchange, these images show how Moor Lane has acted as a gateway and departure point for the town since the 1930s.

Images show holidaymakers heading out on their annual vacation and day trips to the seaside.

One show s six bus loads of Bolton ‘Bennies’ youth group hitting the road in April 1988, for a bumper day trip to Camelot themes park.

Double-deckers lined the station as 481 passengers prepared for a fun-packed day full of knights, wizards and dragons.

Another image from 1978 shows how the station deteriorated in the 1970s. Commuters are shown sitting with their backs to graffiti and rubbish at their feet.

Another picture from 1985 shows one of the station’s renaissances, when £1.5 milion was spent bringing the facility back up to scratch.

The new station boasted an island layout with separate areas for express services, excursions and tour operators. The revamp came after several years of political debate and lobbying for cash in which one plan was to rebuild Bolton bus station at Dawes Street.

Elsewhere, this publication was keen for Boltonians to get to work on time, as evidenced by the Bolton Evening News clock, pictured in 1956.