Construction on Salford park and ride begins

Construction has started on creating a brand-new park and ride facility as part of the regeneration of Walkden railway station in Salford.

Works are expected to continue until December 2022 to create the new facility at the site of the former environmental services depot off Chestnut Avenue.

It will provide 107 parking spaces, four motorcycle bays and cycling storage for up to 32 bikes.

The scheme will boost access to sustainable travel for Walkden residents, help combat congestion within the town’s busy road network and reduce on-street parking with currently no dedicated off-street parking available for those using the station.

It will also provide electric vehicle charging points, new lighting and CCTV, landscaping and boundary fencing.

Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester, said: “It’s great news that work is getting underway on this new park and ride site, not only will it help boost access to public transport in Salford, it also supports the growth of the Bee Network – Greater Manchester’s vision for a truly integrated public transport system across the whole region and opens it up to even more people.

“New and additional park and ride sites open up the network and make switching from the car to public transport easier and more convenient for people, helping to make travel around Greater Manchester easier, more accessible and affordable for all.

“In addition, this latest project at Walkden will also compliment TFGM’s Access for All scheme and see a range of improvements made to the station itself, ensuring it is fully accessible for all users.”

Salford City Mayor Paul Dennett said: “This brand new facility will only enhance the asset that this railway station provides for the town and will provide a sustainable option for those who are keen to shorten their car journeys or who are able to cycle for part of their journey.

“This work is part of a wave of developments for this very popular station with residents now also able to benefit from dedicated bus services onwards on weekends to RHS Bridgewater and the RHS Links project is also going to make the station even more connected to the fantastic visitor attraction.”

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