New facility expected to open for use in late 2018
Full planning permission has been granted to Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) for a new interchange for Tameside.
The news follows a four week consultation in August and September last year, when outline designs were shared with the public, local businesses and councillors. Following the consultation, the plans were modified and submitted along with a full planning application in November 2015.
The new facility will be built on the site of the current Ashton Bus Station, moving closer to the Metrolink terminus. This aims to make it easier for passengers to change modes between bus and Metrolink, as well as providing improved pedestrian routes from the interchange to the town centre and nearby shopping centres.
The approved plans include constructing a single, covered concourse to replace the current five ‘island platforms,’ improving waiting areas, cycle parking and making access to travel information and tickets easier.
The plans will now enter the detailed design phase, in advance of construction work starting in winter 2016/17. The interchange is due to be open for use in late 2018.
Councillor Andrew Fender, Chairman of the TfGM Committee, said, “We’re delighted that planning permission has been granted for the new interchange.
“This facility will improve links to employment, education opportunities and leisure facilities for people right across Tameside by giving passengers an easier way of switching between different modes of transport, as well as providing a far more pleasurable experience.”
Tameside Council Leader Kieran Quinn said: “I and other members of this council are delighted that £33m of external funding is being brought in, through the Tameside Interchange, to support our existing Vision Tameside redevelopment plans.
“The covered walkway between the bus terminal and Metrolink stop, which was extended in response to resident feedback, will ensure that passengers can stay dry whilst moving between different modes of transport. The project will also free up a good sized plot of land in our town centre for redevelopment.”