Demolition work will begin this month to prepare for the £19m new Altrincham transport interchange.
The disused footbridge over Stamford New Road, which connects the Stamford Quarter to the current interchange will be demolished. The work, carried out by MJ Finnigan Demolition, has been scheduled to take place over two Sundays – 13 and 20 May – although work could carry over to 27 May if bad weather affects progress.
During the work, Stamford New Road will have to be closed. As a result, both traffic and pedestrians will be diverted along signed routes around the road closure and the bus station at the interchange will be closed.
Temporary bus stops will be provided on Woodlands Road outside the Cresta Court Hotel and on the station car park off Oakfield Road.
Metrolink and train services from the interchange will not be affected but pedestrian routes will be rearranged and signposted.
The footbridge has been closed for a number of years and the redevelopment of the interchange – due to be complete in 2014 – will improve pedestrian crossings across Stamford New Road significantly.
Transport for Greater Manchester is in the final stages of appointing a contractor to deliver the project as a whole, but the footbridge needs to be demolished to enable the wider redevelopment to start later this year.