The construction of a £33m transport interchange in Ashton-under-Lyne is due to receive final sign-off on Friday, as the Greater Manchester Combined Authority is set to approve the release of £31m in Local Growth Deal funding.
Ashton-under-Lyne’s bus station is to be demolished and replaced by the interchange, closer to the town’s Metrolink stop and train station.
The footprint of the interchange has shifted slightly to the west since the project was first proposed in 2012, to better connect to the Metrolink.
The Metrolink line to Ashton opened in October 2013.
The business case for the interchange was approved in 2015, planning consent was granted in 2016, and a procurement exercise has been underway to select a design-and-build contractor.
The meeting of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority on Friday 24 February is being asked to give final full approval to the project, and grant the release of £31.8m from the city region’s Local Growth Fund allocation for 2016/17.
Main contract works are due to begin in mid-2017. Construction will take around 18 months.
The Tameside Interchange will be a single, covered concourse to replace the five island platforms, improved waiting areas, cycle parking and better access to travel information and tickets.
A report to the Greater Manchester Combined Authority said: “A key driver of the project is better integration with the tram stop at Ashton. This will allow for multi-modal journeys to take place in a seamless manner and enable more passengers to make sustainable choices with regards to transport across Greater Manchester. The new interchange will provide an improved waiting environment, along with a range of enhanced passenger amenities.”