Ashton-under-Lyne bus station is to be demolished and replaced by a new £33m interchange closer to the town’s Metrolink stop and train station after funding and planning permission were secured for the project.
The Metrolink line to Ashton opened in October 2013. Plans for the new bus station were part of the 2012 town centre framework for Ashton published by the local authority. Tameside Council granted full planning permission for the bus station this week.
Transport for Greater Manchester secured money from the Government’s Local Growth Fund for 2016/17 which will enable the project to be delivered.
The plans include a single, covered concourse to replace the five island platforms, improved waiting areas, cycle parking and better access to travel information and tickets. The plans will now enter the detailed design phase, in advance of construction work starting in winter 2016/17. The interchange is due to be open for use in late 2018.
Cllr Kieran Quinn, leader of Tameside Council, said: “I and other members of this council are delighted that £33m of external funding is being brought in, through the Tameside Interchange, to support our existing Vision Tameside redevelopment plans. Vision Tameside will bring once-in-a-generation change to Tameside and this next step in the process is an important one.
“I also need to say what a fantastic development the new Tameside Interchange will be. The plans point to a much more pleasant place to be than the current station which, compared to the existing facility, will be much lighter and much more welcoming.
“The covered walkway between the bus terminal and Metrolink stop, which was extended in response to resident feedback, will ensure that public transport users can stay dry whilst moving between different modes of transport. The project will also free up a good sized plot of land in our town centre for redevelopment.”
Cllr Andrew Fender, chairman of the TfGM Committee, said: “This facility will improve links to employment, education opportunities and leisure facilities for people right across Tameside by giving passengers an easier way of switching between different modes of transport, as well as providing a far more pleasurable experience.”
The existing bus station opened in 1994, replacing the original built in 1963.
IBI Group and Austin-Smith:Lord advised TfGM.