Proposals for the multi-million pound redevelopment of Stockport’s bus station have been given the green light by the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA).
Funded by Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM), Stockport Council and the GMCA, the development includes a transport interchange complex with a two-acre public park and residential development around the site of the existing Stockport Bus Station, alongside the A6 in the town centre.
TfGM told Transport Network: 'It is estimated that the cost of the Stockport Interchange, public park and residential development will be in the region of £85m to £90m, although this will be subject to review following our public engagement exercise and prior to submitting a planning application to the council. It is part of an investment of around £120 million in wider improvements to the public realm in Stockport town centre.'
Artist's impression of the new interchange complex
The plans have been put out to public consultation in advance of a planning application, which will be submitted to Stockport Council later this year.
The move is part of a £1bn transformation under way in Stockport town centre and has prompted Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham to call 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'.
- a fully accessible, covered passenger concourse in the interchange
- better and easier routes to the town centre and rail station for pedestrians and cyclists. This includes upgrading the section of the Trans Pennine Trail alongside the River Mersey and interchange, and a lift between the interchange and A6
- bus and train travel information screens and a new Travelshop for tickets and information
- 20 bus stands, providing capacity for future growth in bus services
- a new town centre park and public space, with level access directly from the A6
- a residential development off Daw Bank with up to 200 apartments and associated car parking.
- accessible toilets in the interchange with baby changing
- enhanced CCTV across the interchange
- cycle parking
Mr Burnham added that the Stockport scheme was a 'fantastic example of integrated town centre planning, with TfGM and Stockport Council working together to build something that will benefit an entire community'.
Funding for the interchange project is being supported by central government through the Greater Manchester Local Growth Deal programme.
For more information on Stockport Interchange, visit the dedicated webpage on the TfGM website.