Stockport Interchange moves to consultation phase

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The Greater Manchester Combined Authority has signed-off plans from Stockport Council for a multi-million pound redevelopment of the town’s bus station, allowing the mixed-use project to go out to public consultation.

In May, the council revealed “aspirational and iconic” designs for the transport interchange and residential development in May, including plans for the potential arrival of the Metrolink to the town.

The redevelopment of the interchange has been in the pipeline since 2015.

Stockport Council’s proposals for the site feature a 196-home apartment block, a transport interchange covered with a green roof, and two acres of public realm opening up on to the river Mersey, alongside improved connectivity to the town’s railway station.

The plans also factor in a route for the Metrolink’s potential arrival to the town, with one of the visualisations showing tram lines and platforms alongside the viaduct.

The residential block, including 126 two-bed apartments and 70 one-bed apartments, is expected to cost around £39m to build. A joint venture between the Greater Manchester Combined Authority and the council will develop the block and will rent the apartments privately for a minimum of five years following its completion.