Work will soon begin to redevelop Ashton Bus Station, bringing significantly improved facilities and a more attractive gateway to Ashton town centre.
After the last bus service on Saturday 23rd June 2018, part of the existing bus station will close to the public to allow for the construction of a modern transport interchange, delivered by Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) and Tameside Council.
The new interchange will feature a wide range of amenities for passengers. A covered concourse will house seated waiting areas, a ticket and information outlet and electronic passenger information including bus, Metrolink and rail information screens.
It will have retail facilities, fully accessible toilets, baby-changing and ‘Changing Places’* provision and enhanced passenger security, including CCTV. There will also be improved taxi facilities.
During the construction work, by contractor VINCI Construction UK, bus services will continue to run, but some bus stops will be temporarily relocated in the bus station or on nearby roads including Wellington Road, Gas Street and Katherine Street.
These arrangements will be in place until the new transport interchange opens, which is expected to be in spring 2020.
Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester, said: “A new transport interchange will play a big part in improving our transport system as well as bringing real social and economic benefits to Ashton and the wider Tameside borough.
“Once complete, it will offer more comfortable waiting areas, as well as a light, bright and safe environment for passengers. It will support wider regeneration plans for Tameside by providing better connections to employment opportunities, health, education and leisure.
“This is just one part of a wider strategy to make travel easier across Greater Manchester. We’re investing heavily in the transport network, including interchanges, extending Metrolink to Trafford Park and the intu Trafford Centre, and encouraging more cycling and walking through Cycling and Walking Commissioner Chris Boardman’s ambitious ‘Made to Move’ vision for the region.”
Cllr Brenda Warrington, Executive Leader of Tameside Council, added: “I look forward to construction work getting under way on the new transport interchange.
“It will create improved connections between the Metrolink stop, bus station, nearby train station and Ashton-under-Lyne town centre as well as linking the town with the borough as a whole and the wider Greater Manchester area.
“It will also provide an attractive entry point to the town centre for both residents and visitors, encouraging people to travel to Tameside to make the most of our great shops, cafes and award-winning markets.”
Funding for the interchange development is being supported by central government through the Greater Manchester Local Growth Deal Programme.
For information on Tameside Interchange and more details on temporary stops and services, passengers are advised to visit the dedicated webpage.