Our Bids

Working with the Combined Authority (GMCA) and Central Government to access funding to supplement the £100m programme of investment already underway in Bolton and surrounding town centre. Bolton Council has been successful with a number of the bids we have submitted over the last few years and the town centre is seeing huge investment.

Private sector development is being boosted by funding from Farnworth Future High Streets Fund, The Towns Fund, GM Brownfield Land Fund, the Levelling Up Fund.

There is always something on the burner as we look to secure funding to support the council’s priorities and the Borough’s Vision for the future, read on to find out more about live and ongoing bids.

Farnworth Future High Streets Fund

Bolton will receive £13.3m from the Future High Street fund for the transformation of Farnworth Town Centre into a vibrant, high quality place to live, work and visit.

Work on site starts later this year. Farnworth is the second largest town in Bolton and has excellent connectivity (including direct rail links) to Bolton and Manchester.


New CGI Farnworth

GM Brownfield Land Fund

Bolton has bid for and been awarded £10.73m for five sites. Delivery of enabling works has begun, accelerating the delivery of 610 new homes in
Bolton town centre.

Safer Streets

£5m funding has been made available through the GM Mayor’s Cycling and Walking Challenge Fund as part of the ‘Safe Streets Save Lives’ campaign. Bolton’s proposals are being developed but will include measures to facilitate walking and cycling into the town centre.

In addition, GM’s £28m proposed Beeline cycle network includes four schemes in Bolton which will transform cycle routes across the city region over the next ten years.

Find out more on Safer Streets.

Market Street, Farnworth CGI

Towns Fund

The £22.9m Town Investment Plan for Bolton is a vital, complementary part of the overall plans for the town centre.

Business cases are being prepared for sign off later this year and delivery will begin in 2022.

The projects result from extensive collaboration with residents, MP’s and private and public sector partners and will reinforce our collective ambition, vision and commitment to regenerating Bolton town centre.


Levelling Up Fund

Bolton Council, with the support of local MPs, submitted a successful bid to the first round of the government’s Levelling Up Fund for Bolton College of Medical Sciences.

The bid highlights the council’s priorities and support our Vision for the borough, bringing leading employers into the town centre and training new generations of health professionals.

Their objective is to bring new jobs into the area and boost our local economy by creating additional demand for retail, hospitality and leisure services. Achieving a successful outcome for this bid, and bids currently being prepared for round two of the Levelling Up Fund, is essential to our future levelling up plans.

Find out more about Bolton College of Medical Sciences.

Great British Railway

Bolton could be on track to welcome Great British Railways (GBR), after the council made the case for the new national transport body to base its headquarters in the town centre. Last year, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps confirmed that GBR’s head office would be based outside of London and announced a competition to decide the location.

We have formally submitted a bid to the Department for Transport, which can be read in full below. The bid highlights Bolton’s excellent transport links, the investment being made in regenerating the town centre and the borough’s proud railway heritage. The proposed GBR site, on land already owned by Network Rail adjacent to the transport interchange, would form part of the broader Trinity Quarter regeneration intervention area.



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