Stockport Walkaround 14, P.Place North West
The original bus station opened in 1981. Credit: Place North West

Demolition of Stockport bus station begins today 

Dan Whelan

After 40 years in operation, the sprawling terminus is being razed to make way for the £120m redevelopment of the site featuring a modern interchange, almost 200 apartments, and a new town centre park. 

In August, a temporary bus station was established on Heaton Lane car park, paving the way for demolition work to begin. 

Main contractor Willmott Dixon is working with Stockport Council, Transport for greater Manchester and the Greater Manchester Combined Authority to deliver the project. 

The scheme comprises: 

  • A modern bus interchange with 20 stands  
  • A two-acre town centre park above the interchange accessible from the A6 
  • A new cycle and pedestrian connecting the interchange with the train station 
  • 196 apartments 
Stockport Interchange CGI(2)

Cityheart and Rise are delivering almost 200 homes in Stockport. Credit: via planning documents

The apartments, a mix of one- and two-bedroom properties are to be delivered by Cityheart and Rise Homes. 

The joint venture is in line to receive a £21.5m cash injection through the Housing Investment Loans Fund to kickstart the residential project. 

The new interchange, which is due to open to passengers in 2024, “will act as a welcoming gateway into Stockport town centre and provide much improved facilities for bus users”, said Stephen Rhodes, customer director at TfGM. 

Cllr David Meller, cabinet member for economy and regeneration at Stockport Council, said: “I’m so pleased that work is progressing to bring forward not only a transport hub but also good quality new homes and a rooftop park in the heart of the town centre for people to spend time in and enjoy.” 

Nearby, Capital&Centric is redeveloping the derelict Weir Mill into 253 apartments. Stockport Council has approved those plans and intends to forward fund the scheme. 

Read more about Stockport’s pipeline of regeneration projects 

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Surely not still planning to build the resi block adjacent the arched railway bridge?

By CBA

@CBA – the resi block adjacent to the arched railway bridge is part of the Weir Mill scheme mentioned at the end of the article, rather than the larger resi block in this scheme which is set further back. Planning permission was granted a few weeks ago for the Weir Mill scheme but it’s subject to potential secretary of state call in.

By Martin Cranmer

Regenerate the ‘Bus Station,’ but regenerate the old Mills into flats/appartments. Go looking at other Boroughs except Brinnington & Portwood as one’s full of housing & the other’s full of ‘business.
Look at the land behind the car showroom facing Tescos on Tiviot Dale near Lancashire Hill, also land facing Woodbank Park on New Zealand Road, on way to Offerton, near the lights. To Me it looks unused. You might get some tower blocks there. I hope you take into consideration what I’ve proposed as I think it may help in Your decisions on where You go to build. Reddish Vale, Tiviot Dale & Warth Meadow are protected as Newts & Pipperstril Bats use these sites. Also Tyviot Dale, a cross the Tame, from the Supermarket, the land is full of Methane, as it was once a tip.

By Tyvette@gmail.com