Tameside consultation ends

The public consultation on a new, modern transport interchange for Tameside has closed. Members of the public were invited by Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) to give their views on the proposed design and features of the interchange online, by post and via email.

The new Tameside Interchange will make it easier for people to change between buses, trams, bicycles and taxis and improve connectivity across Tameside. There will also be improved pedestrian routes from the interchange to Ashton under Lyne town centre. The new facility, which will be built on the existing Ashton bus station site, will offer better access for all passengers and feature an attractive concourse, modern waiting areas, cycle parking, improved security and easier access to travel information and tickets.

An invitation was extended to meet with staff from TfGM and ask questions at a number of public events. Around 8,000 leaflets were distributed to properties and businesses across the borough, with a number of key stakeholders including Tameside Sight and Tameside Carer’s Centre given the opportunity to share their views face-to-face.

Over two hundred responses were received before the consultation window closed and all of the responses will now be carefully considered to identify any changes that may need to be made to the design prior to a planning application being submitted to Tameside Council. Subject to receiving planning approval, construction on the new interchange could begin in winter 2016/17 with the new facility being open for use in 2018.

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