Stockport Station
The project will be delivered in phases alongside a broader infrastructure plan for the town

Stockport maps £550m station vision

Dan Whelan

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
Stockport Station Interchange Link

Part of the project will see improved connections between the station and bus interchange

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.”

 

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* approximate number of station masterplans written by Stockport council in the last 15 years.

By two-step

Wow that looking great but where is all that money coming from to do all this as the council is doing all these cuts as they have to save 50m this year and that as gone up from 10m

By Dale hart

Never going to happen.

By Cisspet

Hmm Stockport already has a direct service to Manchester Airport – ok it might well travel via Manchester Piccadilly but that is more to reverse the train as no direct line exists.
The footbridge at Thomson St has already been removed due to age and condition of the concrete bridge.
No mention of how the Edgeley folk will get into Stockport if there is no underpass – a major bone of contention over the years as it is not a public right of way contrary to popular belief. Other routes are available of course.
Already getting a new bus station to replace the existing one… or are we?
Leave it alone and find something else to squander all the money on. Oh by the way the magic money tree is located on that little island in the middle of the Mersey if you wondered…

By P

Wow impressive, but 12 years? How on earth can it take so long? I’m all for progress but people can’t be expected to put up with 12 years worth of disruption.

By Unimpressed

If the Red Rock ‘entertainment centre’ is anything to go by then it will be a disaster.

By Peter Chapman

I love Stockport. I was born here. But these ideas by the council are usually only partially completed. Why can they not make Old Town centre, Hillgate and centre and highlight our heritage as well. The town is 1000 years old but all the council do is rip it to pieces.

By Jean Maxwell

All very nice but the council has a more pressing issue of what to do with the dying precinct. They brought it for an undisclosed amount with tax payers money so I reckon it is about time they outlined what plans are afoot and what the estimated costs are likely to be. The station improvements can come later

By Steven Beesley

Bwahahaha yet another mega plan by the exceptionals in Stockport Council. Keep finding all this money, more than likely the central government has.

Here’s a hint too if any of them read this. When the true state of the UK economy after lockdown is seen, and it’s time to start austerity again, which councils will be sucked dry first? The ones that seem to think they have infinite cash and godlike decision making skills.

“High street is dying/dead”. Stockport Council: Sounds like a good time to buy shopping centres and build new entertainment districts like Redrock. It would be better for the taxpayer if you just said we will fix or improve what we already have for a quarter of the price of demolishing and rebuilding. The money saved used to improve the services they actually want like drains unblocked or building maintenance done. Or god forbid, a reduction in tax instead which is 100% guaranteed to benefit every taxpayer more than trying to build a Jetsons version of the bus exchange.

By Big Rich

If Redrock is an example of Stockport’s regeneration, leave well alone!
How about regeneration of the town centre and re-establishing the ‘Historic Market’ that is no longer in existence…

By Topherus

How can it be Direct and also via Manchester?

If you’re going to whinge, at least do it with a vague modicum of logic.

By DaveDave

We need the tram links before anything to help people to escape Stockport to other areas to enable folk to get to some different areas both for shopping and leisure as Stockport shopping has gone right down in recent years.

By Mrs M King

No problem in thinking big! If only a proportion of this is delivered then it would be a big boost for the town. Stockport has missed out on the big t/c regeneration programmes when you look at the likes of Bury, Rochdale, Altrincham. Would be nice to see some of this come forward in the years ahead.

By NT

Looks fantastic. Great to see real ambition for the town. I know the majority of residents will be right behind it!

By StevenP

Do you not listen to your voters ? Noticed that hideous Tower block at the new bus station is still being shown on the plans despite the recent campaigns against it. I realise the town hall mandarins don’t care as the’re safe in their positions come what may. Don’t be surprised when the campaign against the present Labour leadership starts at the next local elections.

By peblino.

Do the light restriction rules not apply in Stockport ?

By peblino.

‘direct’ means ‘no changes’, it doesn’t mean ‘no stops’.

By Anonymous

We should take this opportunity to clean Stockport air. By encouraging walking and cycling and public transport. Re-instate the free bus and discourage short, unnecessary car journeys. Make walking in Stockport a relaxing pleasure.

By Patrick

I object to good money being thrown away on producing artwork and plans for something that is nothing more than a glorified train and bus station for whom we cannot even begin to predict passenger numbers and income until the dust has settled on the current crisis facing civilization. To continue to spend money on an unknown future whilst facing up to God knows how many Stockport people losing their jobs for many years to come, instead of saving so as to lower council taxes in the coming covid years is insulting .

By Paul H Hollister

@P, a direct train to the airport from Stockport certainly doesn’t exist. If you have to go the wrong way until the end of the line, wait for the driver to change ends then come back again, it’s not a direct service. A direct airport link from Stockport certainly makes sense, this is the most important suburban station in GM, it’s it the right part of the city for links to the airport, yet no link at all. People should be able to use Stockport as an interchange station. There are also four tracks to Stockport from the city centre, allowing for express trains on that route. This means, the express route to the airport could be via Stockport, so the route via Didsbury which is only two tracks, could be turned into all stationer’s allowing this line to become a high frequency suburban rapid transit service (similar to S-bahn, RER or Overground services).

@Steven Beesley, transport infrastructure and a struggling retail area are two different problems. The infrastructure one can easily be improved by investment, the retail one not. So, two things: First, there is no logic in only doing one thing at a time. Secondly, there is logic in beginning work on the project that can provide real solutions to problems and improving public transport has showed benefits time and time again. Thirdly, trying to fix a dying retail district by force rarely works. Retail is dying everywhere in the world as more people shop online. What exactly do you think the council can do to stop people shopping online and go to Stockport? The way these retail precincts tend to improve is when businesses that no longer attract customers are replaced with businesses that do. In recent years, places like Altrincham have shown a reverse trend in retail precinct decay, but it has done so by changing the demographics and type of businesses and been commercially led rather than politically. The best thing the council can do is improve transport connections (see above) and urban infrastructure – make the place as nice as it can be – but unless the businesses attract people to the area, and unless people can easily get there, there is little a council can do.

By EOD

Don’t let council officers anywhere near the design of these buildings just look at the mess they made of Red Rock.

By Anonymous

Council officers don’t design buildings, architects do.

By Keyboard warrior watch

I would love to see the Heritage that Stockport is famous for /The Market Place Hill gate. Mersey Square. The Armoury …The. Plaza. Steps. The Bear Pit
Open The River through the Town….It would make a lovely town centre which we do not have…..

By Janet Peel

Stockport town wipe out , disappoint…
Nothing in Stockport and where everyone !!!
Ghost town

By Kathy

Architects should be allowed to design buildings but council offices interfere in the process the result is usually a dogs dinner Red Rock being a great example.

By Anonymous