A consultation asking for residents’ views on two proposed features at Stockport’s new transport interchange has been launched.
Stockport Council, in partnership with Transport for Greater Manchester, has launched the three-week consultation that is looking for views on a new bridge linking the interchange with the train station and a new rooftop park.
The proposed bridge, part of Andy Burnham’s walking and cycling Mayoral Challenge Fund, will provide a major new cycling and walking route between the proposed new transport Interchange and the town’s train station.
The two-acre ‘Podium Park’ will be located on the roof of the new Interchange and will bring a vibrant, new, green space to the town centre for everyone to enjoy.
Both proposals will improve walking and cycling routes within Stockport, as well as benefiting the Trans Pennine Trail.
The consultation will take place from March 9 to March 29.
Cllr David Meller, Cabinet Member for Economy and Regeneration, said: “This consultation will help to shape the first phase of the new interchange, which is a bold statement of intent for the town and the Mayoral Development Corporation.
“The Mayoral Development Corporation will bring 3,500 new homes into the town centre and, we hope, be a vehicle to bring Metrolink to Stockport well within the decade.
“I am committed to improving the town’s walking and cycling links – indeed, I want us to lead on this within Greater Manchester – and this proposal, linking the two transport hubs is a vital part of our overall plans for Stockport.
“In addition, we would like to hear residents’ views of what they would like to see in the park: the first new park in our town centre for generations.
“This is your chance to shape an incredibly exciting project for the town centre as it realises its immense potential and becomes fit not just for the present, but for the future.
“This consultation further strengthens our ambition to make Stockport a first-class location for residents and businesses and attract the very best to our borough.”
Alex Cropper, Head of Operations at Transport for Greater Manchester, said: “It’s promising to see an interchange of this magnitude integrate cycling and walking elements from the start, improving connectivity and enabling people to undertake part of their journey by foot or bike before linking into the wider transport network.
“The addition of a Podium Park is an innovative way of bringing more green space to the city centre for everyone to enjoy.”
Four drop-in events will take place during the consultation period.
These will be held on the following dates:
Saturday, March 14: Stockport train station – 10am to 12pm; Stockport bus station – 1pm to 3pm
Thursday, March 19: Stockport train station – 4pm to 6pm; Stockport bus station – 11am to 1pm