Commuters to get improved Altrincham facilities

Trafford Council has granted planning permission for Transport for Greater Manchester to refurbish Altrincham's public transport interchange.

The £19m Aedas-designed scheme will see an improved concourse with a single, integrated ticket office and better links between bus, train and tram services. There will be new cycle storage included as part of the £4.9m Greater Manchester Commuter Cycling Project, funded through the Government's Local Sustainable Transport Fund.

The bus station will be completely rebuilt and there will be improvements to the pedestrian area around the station.

TfGM said the detailed designs will now be finalised and agreed with Trafford Council ahead of a contractor being appointed to carry out the work.

Work on the main elements of the refurbishment is scheduled to start in summer 2012 and take around 18 months to complete.

Cllr Andrew Fender, chairman of Transport for Greater Manchester, said: "While it will be a modern, fully accessible facility, we've retained and will be enhancing many of the site's valuable heritage features, including glazing the canopies on platform one, showcasing the existing rail buildings from Stamford New Road and improving the clock tower area."

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