Stockport Interchange given green light by town planners

Stockport: 'Well considered approach to regeneration'

The new Stockport transport interchange was given the green light by planners at Stockport Council last night.

The £50m Interchange will be completed by 2022 and is intended to further boost Stockport’s position as one of the best-connected town centres in the North West.

The 10,000 sq m bus interchange will be covered by a two-acre landscaped park and connected to new riverside public realm.

A 180m pedestrian and cycle bridge will link the new interchange to the railway station and the town’s new commercial hub, Stockport Exchange.

Funded by Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM), Stockport Council and the GMCA, the development is planned for the site of the existing Stockport Bus Station alongside the A6 and Mersey Square in the town centre and will continue the radical £1bn transformation under way in Stockport town centre.

The new Stockport Transport Interchange will include:

• a fully accessible, covered passenger concourse in the interchange with seated waiting areas

• 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 and ‘Changing Places’ facilities

• enhanced CCTV across the interchange

• cycle parking

A report to Stockport Council’s planning committee said: “The proposal will offer further scope for attracting inward investment and job creation into this part of Stockport.

“The site is also in a highly accessible location with good transport links and the proposal has potential to deliver an energy-efficient development.

“After careful consideration, and having regard to all material consideration and comments, it is the opinion of officers that any harm caused by the proposal is, on balance, outweighed by the clear and substantial regenerative benefits of the re-development of this site.

“Furthermore, the proposed development predominantly reflects the key principles of the NPPF in helping to deliver sustainable development, together with the need to deliver a sufficient supply of homes, building a strong and competitive economy and promoting healthy and safe communities.”

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