TfGM launches new interchange consultation

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Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) launched a public consultation for a new, modern transport interchange for Tameside on Saturday, August 15, 2015.

The new interchange aims to make it easier for people to change between buses, trams, bicycles and taxis and improve connectivity across Tameside. There will also be improved pedestrian routes from the interchange to the town centre and railway station.

TfGM says that the new facility, which will be located next to the existing Ashton bus station site, will offer better access for all passengers and feature more modern waiting areas, cycle parking, improved security and easier access to travel information and tickets.

The consultation runs for four weeks. As well as consultation events which have already passed, held on August 15 and 17, a drop-in session will be held at the railway station on Saturday, August 22 from 1000-1700hrs. The final consultation events will take place at the Arcades Shopping Centre on Saturday, August 29 and Tuesday, September 1 at the same time.

Members of the public can also view details of the project and submit their views online at www.tfgm.com/tamesideinterchange.

The Tameside Interchange scheme forms part of the wider Greater Manchester Local Growth Deal Programme, a government initiative that provides funding for projects that benefit the local area and economy.

Councillor Andrew Fender, Chairman of the TfGM Committee, said: “Tameside’s new transport interchange will make it easier for people to travel to job, training and leisure opportunities. I encourage people to give us their views either at an event or by visiting the TfGM web site to ensure we meet the borough’s needs.”

Work is due to start on site in winter 2016/17, with the interchange being open for use in late 2018.