Services are set to start running from the brand-new Ashton-under-Lyne interchange this weekend, providing passengers with much-improved facilities and a modern, accessible gateway to the town.
From Sunday 30 August, 90% of bus services will start operating from the £32.7m facility, enabling passengers to easily change between different modes of travel – including Metrolink, rail, walking and cycling.
The interchange has been developed by Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) in partnership with Tameside Council and funded with support from central government’s Local Growth Deal programme. The building contractor was VINCI Construction UK.
The improved facilities include a covered concourse and waiting area, electronic bus, Metrolink and rail information, high-quality accessible toilets, baby changing and ‘Changing Places’ facilities, retail units, CCTV and secure cycle parking spaces.
The facility has been designed to accommodate more bus services while the centralised concourse will reduce walking time for passengers.
Tameside Council Executive Leader Cllr Brenda Warrington said: “It’s exciting that this fantastic new interchange and its tremendous facilities will be open very soon for our residents to benefit from.
“As we continue to live with Coronavirus, it will support more environmentally-friendly travel when walking or cycling isn’t an option and will provide better access to education and employment for our residents. Furthermore, as we look to build back better and greener it will bring more visitors to our retailers and attractions, boosting the town centre economy.”