A NEW bridge marking the beginning of the transformation of the Stockport Interchange is now open to use for pedestrians, cyclists and traffic.
The council, in partnership with Transport for Greater Manchester, approved plans for the Stockport Interchange in March this year.
The new Stockport Interchange is part of an exciting £1 billion investment that is under way to make Stockport an even better place in which to live, work, play and connect – and will be one of the first developments in the area covered by the Mayoral Development Corporation, which will be established in September.
The first phase of the project included the construction of a new bridge over the River Mersey. The bridge will provide cyclists, pedestrians, buses and taxis with direct access into the interchange from Heaton Lane. This will make it easier for passengers to change between different stages of their journeys.
A number of bus services will be using the new bridge, which operators have welcomed, as it will help to improve services for passengers.
Cllr David Meller, Cabinet member for Economy and Regeneration, said:
“The opening of this new bridge over the River Mersey is an important moment in the council’s plans to completely transform the town centre.
“It will provide an additional link for cyclists and pedestrians to access the new Interchange so they can continue their journeys with ease.
“What comes next is the really exciting part in getting the Interchange built, working and providing a new transport hub fit for the 21st century.
“It will play a leading role as part of our Town Centre West plans under the MDC, which will eventually see 3,500 new homes built – 200 of which are coming as part of the new Interchange.
“As far as the Interchange is concerned, it is very much ‘Stockport. Change Here’ in more ways than one.”
Alex Cropper, TfGM’s Head of Operations, said:
“The completion of the new bridge over the River Mersey marks a significant milestone in the ongoing transformation of Stockport town centre.
“Not only does it enable even greater access to local amenities for cyclists and pedestrians but it also kickstarts the work to deliver the new Stockport Interchange.
“When complete, the new Interchange will provide commuters and local residents with state-of-the-art transport facilities, a new park and a high-quality residential development – all of which help to realise the Mayor’s vision for an integrated public transport system, Our Network.”
Image: The new bridge over the River Mersey will provide a new link to the interchange from Heaton Lane