TfGM secures planning approval for Stockport transport hub project

WCN Editorial Team 26 Mar 2019 EUROPE TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE

Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) has secured approval from the Stockport Council’s planning and highways regulation committee for plans to transform Stockport Bus Station into a transport interchange, with rooftop park and residential development.

The project, which will form a key part of a wider £1bn regeneration of the town centre, has also secured funding for a new cycling and walking bridge that will link the interchange with Stockport rail station via the park.

The multi-million-pound development will be located alongside the A6 and Mersey Square. It will be funded by TfGM, Stockport Council and the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA), supported by the central government through the Greater Manchester Local Growth Deal programme.

A fully accessible, covered passenger concourse with seated waiting areas, Travelshop for tickets and travel advice, and bus and train travel information screens, accessible toilets, with baby changing facilities and a ‘Changing Places’ toilet and enhanced CCTV coverage will be provided at the interchange.

Another main component of the development will be a residential building off Daw Bank that will consist of up to 200 apartments and associated car parking.

A lift will connect the transport hub to the A6 and will also open out onto the two-acre public park on the roof of the interchange building, adjacent to the residential block. The park will be accessible directly from the A6.

The cycle- and foot-bridge will benefit from the Mayor’s Cycling and Walking Challenge Fund, a wider £160m package under which 42 new cycling and walking schemes will be delivered across Greater Manchester.

A nearby section of the Trans Pennine Trail alongside the River Mersey and associated secure cycle parking will also be upgraded as part of the project.

The town centre revitalisation will also be a key component of a proposal to create Greater Manchester’s first Mayoral Development Corporation (MDC), which will focus on the delivery of regeneration projects in areas such as Stockport town centre, overseen by the Mayor of Greater Manchester.

Construction on the interchange scheme is expected to commence by spring 2020 and be completed in 2023.

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Image: Aerial view of Stockport interchange and the cycling and walking bridge. Photo: Courtesy of Transport for Greater Manchester.

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