Stockport bus station 3d render, overhead view

TfGM is working with Stockport Council and the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) on a multi-million-pound transformation of Stockport's bus station into a modern transport interchange.

The new transport interchange is part of an exciting £1 billion investment that's under way to make Stockport an even better place in which to live, work, play and connect.

Key design aspects of the new development include:  

  • A fully accessible, covered passenger concourse in the interchange with seated waiting areas

  • Cycle storage facilities

  • 18 bus stands, with capacity to accommodate 168 bus departures per hour to allow for future growth in bus services

  • New bus and train travel information screens, plus a Travelshop

  • Fully accessible toilets with baby changing and Changing Places facilities*

  • A new two-acre town centre park above the interchange, bringing more green space to Stockport town centre for everyone to enjoy

  • A 'blue-roof' drainage system that will capture and store rainwater to allow control run-off into drainage outfall and watercourses mitigating any flood risk

  • Development of the river Mersey frontage, between Chestergate and Mersey Sq, incorporating the cycle and pedestrian Trans Pennine Trail route

  • Stair and lift links between the new park, interchange and Trans Pennine Trail

  • A new cycle and pedestrian link between the interchange and Station Rd will provide a vital link allowing for improved access from the new interchange and the rail station.

  • 196 (126 Two Bedroom, 70 One Bedroom) new, high-quality residential apartments off Daw Bank.

*For more information on Changing Places facilities

The scheme will provide better and easier routes to the town centre for pedestrians and cyclists, with improved links to the rail station, Merseyway and the River Mersey. In March 2019 Stockport Council approved planning permission for the development.


Proposed layout of Stockport Interchange

Stockport plan and map key


View of the park and the residential apartments from the A6

View of stockport interchange from the A6 showing residential apartments


View of Stockport interchange and residential apartments from Chestergate

View of Stockport interchange and residential apartments from Chestergate


Aerial view of the new pedestrian and cycle link between the new park and Station Rd

Aerial view of the new pedestrian and cycle link between the new park and Station Rd


Aerial view of the park and proposed cycle and pedestrian ramp

Aerial view of the park and proposed cycle and pedestrian ramp

Public engagement exercises

In July 2018, a four-week public engagement exercise was carried out by TfGM, in partnership with Stockport Council and the Greater Manchester Combined Authority, to find out what people thought of the proposals for the new Stockport Interchange.

Hundreds of people got in touch to give us their views. TfGM produced an engagement exercise report, which gives a summary of how we ran the exercise, an analysis of the responses received and the next steps.

The bridge and park are vital pieces of infrastructure that will allow for improved access from the new interchange and the rail station. A three-week public engagement exercise was carried out on the bridge link and public park in March 2020, from the feedback received some alterations were incorporated into the design.

In the summer of 2021 the scheme welcomed feedback and comments to help shape the landscaping design of the park. This feedback is under review and responses considered for incorporation into the park area.

In January 2022 we held a one month public consultation for the proposed cycle and pedestrian ramp. The ramp is in addition to the lifts and staircase and will provide a supplementary connection from the Mersey frontage to the new public park. Feedback is now being analysed and will help us to develop more detailed design for the ramp.

Thanks to everyone that has taken park in the scheme’s consultation exercises.


Bus services during construction of the new development

In preparation for this scheme it was necessary to close the old bus station to construct the new development.

Working with bus operators, we'll maintain all bus services during construction and will work to ensure any disruption to services, passengers and local residents and businesses is kept to an absolute minimum.

In August 2021, a temporary bus station opened on Heaton Lane car park to provide an alternative town centre facility for passengers. Some bus services were relocated to the new Heaton Lane bus station. Some bus services now run from Mersey Square and others, including coaches, will run from temporary stops in the town centre.

For further details on where to catch your bus please visit our Stockport interchange travel advice page


Changes to traffic routes

During construction of the main interchange scheme, Daw Bank will be reduced to a single carriageway with traffic permitted into the town centre. Diversion notifications are in place for road users travelling out from the town centre. Swaine Street is closed during the works however, access to TN Robinson’s car park remains available at all times.

Parking bays located along Daw Bank have been removed with alternative parking available on-street at Exchange Street and at Station Road car park.


Public art

Where possible TfGM want to include unique pieces of art at our new interchanges, partly funded by the National Lottery through Heritage Lottery funding.

Artist Tim Ward has been commissioned to create and install a piece of artwork reinforcing Stockport’s identity. We want to make the interchange a stimulating and attractive place to spend time in and travel through.

Tim has already held several sessions to get local views and ideas for his design.


Updates

March 2022 - GM Mayor, Andy Burnham, and the Leader of the Council, Cllr Elise Wilson, officially mark the start of work on the development.

The pair broke ground and officially launched construction work on the scheme while visiting the site in Stockport town centre on Thursday 17 March 2022.
Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, said: “The new transport interchange will be transformational for the regeneration of Stockport town centre, and will act as a welcoming gateway for the town and provides much improved facilities in the town and for public transport users.”

During the ground breaking Cllr Elise Wilson, Leader of Stockport Council, was delighted activity was moving so fast, saying: “Today really is a great moment for our borough. We’re ambitious for Stockport. Town centre green space, new homes, better transport. It’s all coming along at a great pace, and I’m sure it won’t be long until we can all enjoy the massive changes that we’re seeing in our town to make Stockport a better place for all.”

Full news article on breaking ground at Stockport interchange


You can view archived updates relating to Stockport interchange on the news archive webpage.


Further information

For further information on the Stockport Interchange project:

Phone: 0161 244 1000

Or email: Customer.Relations@tfgm.com

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