Stagecoach plans Stockport park-and-ride

A planning application for a 455-space park-and-ride scheme is to be submitted by Stagecoach UK Bus for a site on derelict land in Hazel Grove.

Manchester-based transport consultants SCP have been appointed by Stagecoach to assess the implications of the site and have been working on improving the design and modelling the traffic effects of the scheme in preparation for the submission.

The three-acre cleared industrial site is at the junction of the A6 Buxton Road and A523 Macclesfield Road. The bus route will be along the A6 passing through Stockport town centre and on to Manchester city centre, the route of service 192. The buses will run every 10 minutes.

Lee Kendall, principal transport planner at SCP, said: "This is a very exciting and interesting scheme to work on since this will be the first bus-based park-and-ride site in the whole of Greater Manchester if it gets the go ahead.

"What makes the scheme all the more interesting and unusual is that it will be delivered entirely through private finance by Stagecoach UK Bus to compliment the well known 192 bus service along the A6. Almost every other park-and-ride site in the UK has at least some form of public funding behind it.

"Notwithstanding this, we have been working very closely with Stockport Council and Transport for Greater Manchester to ensure the scheme will be high quality and that the traffic changes in the area have been modelled robustly and in great detail."

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Why hasn’t this been done 15 years ago ? The site must have been cleared at least that long ago.

By zzippy