The council and its mayoral development corporation have drawn up a 12-year vision to revamp the town’s train station, to include a broader commercial offering, public square and reconfigured platform layout.
The £550m strategy has been worked up alongside an infrastructure plan for the town, which aims to accompany the ongoing regeneration of Stockport town centre and create a “sustainable and resilient smart town”.
The vision for Stockport Station will be delivered in phases over the next 12 years.
Phase one, planned over the next three years and costing between £100m and £200m, is to comprise several connectivity improvements around the station, including:
- Replacement of the pedestrian footbridge on Thomson Street close to the station
- Replacement of the Greek Street roundabout located above the train line
- Creation of a £120m bus interchange to be built by contractor Willmott Dixon
- Improved links between the interchange and the station
In the second phase, expected to cost between £50m and £100m, the proposed development centres on the train station itself. This stage will be carried out over the next four to six years and include:
- A station overbridge eliminating east-to-west severance and providing improved access to platforms
- Additional commercial space and extended station facilities
- Reconfiguration of the platform layout
- Incorporation of the planned Metrolink extension from East Didsbury
A further, ‘transit phase’, will be delivered within seven to nine years and cost up to £150m. It will include:
- A direct train service from Stockport to Manchester Airport
- A station car park
- Further commercial development aimed at increasing employment opportunities around the station
Then, phase four, costing in the region of £80m, will see the creation of a station square over the railway between the newly created overbridge and improved Thomson Street footbridge, as well as further commercial development on land to the west of the station where the railway sidings are located.
Cllr Elise Wilson, leader of Stockport Council, said: “We’ve already led the way with a hugely ambitious town centre regeneration programme and the recently created Mayoral Development Corporation [launched last year], which will deliver the comprehensive regeneration of Town Centre West.
“The purpose of the MDC is to facilitate growth and change with an urban neighbourhood and a revitalised station at its heart, to provide outstanding connectivity.”
Cllr David Meller, cabinet member for regeneration at Stockport Council, added: “These are ambitious projects and we need to put the building blocks in place now to help us achieve our aspirations for an additional 11,500 people [forecast] to call the town centre home.
“Our plans will have a huge impact on central Stockport and ensure that we are well placed to deal with any future changes, attract world-class businesses and strengthen our position as one of Greater Manchester’s most desirable residential locations.”