Planning permission has been secured for a new road bridge in Stockport, across the River Mersey.
The bridge represents the first phase of Transport for Greater Manchester’s plans to build Stockport Interchange.
The incremental development of Stockport Interchange is part of a £1bn investment programme taking place across Stockport.
The bridge will link Astley Street on the north side of the river with Swaine Street to the south, enabling bus services to be re-routed through the town centre, while also improving access to the interchange.
Works for the bridge and associated highways are expected to start in 2017. WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff is consulting engineer for the scheme.
Transport for Greater Manchester chair Cllr Andrew Fender said: “The new bridge paves the way for a fully-accessible interchange, which will transform a key gateway into the town centre and provide much improved facilities and links between modes of transport for passengers.”
Above: Image of the new bridge over the Mersey in Stockport
Source and pic courtesy of: The Construction Index
Stockport Interchange – Scheme Overview:
The new interchange will provide a modern, attractive concourse and offer greater access for all passengers. It will also have better facilities, modern waiting areas, improved security and easier access to travel information and tickets through the redevelopment of the current bus station.
Benefits: As well as transport improvements the new interchange will play a pivotal role in supporting the on-going development of the Town Centre. It will also help improve access across Stockport by public transport.
Timescales: Works will be taking place between 2016 and 2018.
Key Partners: Stockport Council and Transport for Greater Manchester
A consultation on the Interchange was undertaken in Autumn 2015.