BIG STEP: Demolition of Stockport’s old bus station will begin next week
This is what the new transport interchange could look like, Image: Planning documents
Demolition of Stockport’s old bus station to make way for a new transport interchange is due to get underway next week.
Work begins on Monday and has been hailed as a ‘big step forward’ towards bringing a ‘state-of-the-art’ travel hub to the heart of the town
The £120m station will be built at the current Daw Bank site and is expected to open in 2024.
Part of the ongoing £1bn regeneration of the town centre, it will boast 20 bus stands, a fully-covered passenger concourse, a seated waiting area and ‘real time’ information screens.
The huge scheme will also feature a two-acre rooftop park and a 17-storey tower block housing nearly 200 ‘high quality’ apartments.
There will be bike storage space and new cycling and walking routes to the train station and town centre.
Meanwhile, in a ‘small nod to the past’, the new interchange will also retain a couple of GMPTE glass panels from the old station.
Stephen Rhodes, customer director at Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM), said the demolition of the old bus station was an important development.
He said: “The demolition of the old bus station, which forms part of a wider package of site preparation works, really marks a big step forward in this project and will help to make way for a new, innovative interchange.
“We appreciate that our site preparation works may cause some disruption, and we will aim to keep this to a minimum.
“The new interchange, which is due to open to passengers in 2024, will act as a welcoming gateway into Stockport town centre and provide much improved facilities for bus users.
“It will also see the delivery of easier and improved routes into the town centre and to the railway station, as well as improved accessibility between the interchange and the A6.”
The new interchange is being developed by Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) in partnership with Stockport council, and Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA).
The rooftop park is seen as a ‘key feature’ of the project, which bosses say will ‘bring more green space to Stockport for everyone to enjoy’
It is also expected to ‘encourage wildlife and biodiversity as well as provide a safe environment for people to meet and relax’.
Councillor David Meller, cabinet member for economy and regeneration at Stockport council, has also welcomed the latest phase of the scheme.
He said: “I’m so pleased that work is progressing to bring forward not only a state of the art transport hub but also good quality new homes and a rooftop park in the heart of the town centre for people to spend time in and enjoy.
“We want to encourage people to find alternative transport methods to using a car and this new hub will allow residents to take the bus, train and eventually Metrolink when it arrives in Stockport.
“Our ambitious plans for the town centre are being delivered at pace and this is a key piece of the jigsaw.”
A temporary bus station opened at Heaton Lane car park in August following the closure of the Daw Bank site.
Some bus services now run from Mersey Square while others, including coaches, go from temporary stops in the town centre.
More information about the new interchange and travel information updates, can be found here https://tfgm.com/stockport-interchange.
Words: Nick Statham, Local Democracy Reporter
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