Public to view Altrincham station plans

Greater Manchester Passenger Transport Executive is holding a consultation for plans to redevelop the town's existing interchange facilities and improve links between bus, train and tram services.

Proposals include transforming the existing interchange into a new station, with improvements to safety, security and passenger services, including accessible toilets and baby changing facilities.

The £19m redevelopment will provide a modern concourse with a single, integrated ticket office and better integration between services via a new accessible footbridge.

The rail station buildings will be substantially retained and enhanced with the impact to the existing platform canopies kept to a minimum wherever possible.

Improvements will also be introduced to the rail platforms, the station building next to platform one, the entrance to the station from Moss Lane and the pedestrian area on Stamford New Road.

Cllr Ian Macdonald, chairman of Greater Manchester Integrated Transport Authority, who asked GMPTE to hold a consultation, said: "The comments we receive during this consultation will let us know if there are further areas we need to consider before finalising our proposals, so I would encourage as many people as possible to get involved."

GMPTE staff will be on hand to discuss the proposals at the following exhibitions:

  • Altrincham Interchange Booking Hall – Tuesday 14 September and Thursday 23 September, from 7am to 7pm, and Saturday 2 October, from 10am to 4pm
  • Altrincham Library – Tuesday 28 September, from 12pm to 7pm
  • Altrincham Stamford Quarter Shopping Centre – Tuesday 5 October, from 10am to 4pm

In addition, a special meeting of the Altrincham north and south forums will be held on Monday 18 October from 6pm at Altrincham Town Hall for people to discuss the proposals.

Unstaffed exhibitions will be on permanent display at both Altrincham Library and Trafford Council's buildings at Sale Waterside from Monday 6 September until Monday 18 October.

GMPTE said six thousand leaflets will also be distributed, encouraging passengers, residents and businesses to comment.

The consultation, which will close on Monday 25 October, will feed into the development of the final proposals for the new interchange in advance of a full planning application being submitted to Trafford Council.

Funding for the work has been prioritised through by the Greater Manchester Transport Fund investment programme, and will be delivered by GMPTE in partnership with Trafford Council, Network Rail and other key stakeholders.

Construction could start during 2011 and be completed by the end of 2013.

  • Comments and queries can also be raised by calling 0161 244 1899 or visiting the GMPTE website

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