The Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) has given approval for the proposals for a multi-million-pound redevelopment of Stockport’s bus station in the UK.
The interchange will also feature a two-acre public park and high-quality residential development.
Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM), Stockport Council and the GMCA will fund the development at the site of the existing Stockport Bus Station alongside the A6 and Mersey Square and will continue the £1bn transformation under way in Stockport town centre.
The proposals include a fully accessible, covered passenger concourse in the interchange with seated waiting areas; better and easier routes to the town centre and rail station for pedestrians and cyclists, which will include upgrading the section of the Trans Pennine Trail alongside the River Mersey and interchange, and a lift between the interchange and A6.
Proposals also include bus and train travel information screens; new Travelshop for tickets and information; 20 bus stands, providing capacity for future growth in bus services; new town centre park and public space, with level access directly from the A6; and residential development off Daw Bank with 200 apartments and car parking.
The plan includes accessible toilets in the interchange with baby changing and ‘changing places’ facilities; enhanced CCTV across the interchange; and cycle parking.
Stockport residents, businesses and community groups can submit views on plans for the modern transport interchange in the heart of the town from 2 July until 29 July 2018. A planning application will be submitted to Stockport Council later in 2018.
People can provide their views through an online questionnaire or at public information events to be held in the town.
Funding for the interchange project is being supported by the central government through the Greater Manchester Local Growth Deal programme.
Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham said: “Plans for a modern transport interchange, residential development and large public park demonstrate a clear ambition for Stockport to become a key urban centre in South Manchester.
“I’m now calling on train operators to free up land around rail stations across Greater Manchester so these areas can also be used for regeneration and redevelopment purposes, providing huge benefits for towns and districts.”
Image: Stockport Transport Interchange. Photo: courtesy of Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council.