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https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-manchester-44657645

Plans to build a multimillion-pound bus station below a new park in Stockport have been given the go-ahead.

Part of a £1bn investment in the town centre, the plans also include a residential block and an upgrading of a section of the Trans Pennine Trail.

They were passed at a meeting of Greater Manchester Combined Authority.

The region's mayor Andy Burnham said they "demonstrate a clear ambition" for the town to "become a key urban centre in South Manchester".

A Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) spokesman said the plans included "enhanced CCTV across the interchange", 20 bus stands and a covered concourse for passengers.

They would see the Trans Pennine Trail, a route for walkers and cyclists, upgraded alongside the River Mersey and the bus station.

Stockport Council leader Alex Ganotis said it was "such an important project... and will take our transformation of the town centre to the next level".

"We believe that the creation of a new park, new homes and modern public transport facilities will all be great additions," he added.

Mr Burnham said the proposals were also "a fantastic example of integrated town centre planning, with TfGM and Stockport Council working together to build something that will benefit an entire community".


(Any room for a Metrolink Stop there?)
 

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Lovin' what looks like a conduit tramway! It appears to be on Swaine Street, and about to climb over the new Mersey bridge across to Astley Street?

But not keen on the idea of buses underneath something, even a nice park. One of the most depressing places to wait is Doncaster bus station - underneath a building, in artificial light and with plenty of diesel fumes.

But at least it's a bit of movement, and we may have electric buses by 2021-2 . . .

:cheers:
 

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Lovin' what looks like a conduit tramway! It appears to be on Swaine Street, and about to climb over the new Mersey bridge across to Astley Street?

But not keen on the idea of buses underneath something, even a nice park. One of the most depressing places to wait is Doncaster bus station - underneath a building, in artificial light and with plenty of diesel fumes.

But at least it's a bit of movement, and we may have electric buses by 2021-2 . . .

:cheers:

Fond memories of the Arndale Bus Station.......
 

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Fond memories of the Arndale Bus Station.......
So do I.

If you wanted poisoning, all you had to do was stay there all day. The bus engines were left running.

Just look at that colour scheme. Buses, Tiles, etc. All the rage in 60's and 70's>>>>>>.



As for the proposed Stockport Bus Station, it's a stupid idea. The Bus driver's might have to turn their engines off when they buses are waiting, but they will still have to drive in and out of the station. Another stupid Stockport proposal, just like the new entertainment centre next to a dieing Mersey Way Shopping Centre.
 

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So do I.

If you wanted poisoning, all you had to do was stay there all day. The bus engines were left running.

Just look at that colour scheme. Buses, Tiles, etc. All the rage in 60's and 70's>>>>>>.



As for the proposed Stockport Bus Station, it's a stupid idea. The Bus driver's might have to turn their engines of when they buses are waiting, but they will still have to drive in and out of the station. Another stupid Stockport proposal, just like the new entertainment centre next to a dieing Mersey Way Shopping Centre.
Aren't most manchester busses hybrid now anyway? Motors will turn off while they aren't moving automagically. Would be surprised if even the direct drives didn't have some form of auto-stop on stand.
 

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The above image (the hopefully newer render) has a bigger opening for the bus station, than the other picture (below).

Which is a massive improvement.
Hmm. The Metrolink provision seems to have been kicked further into the long grass - not shown in the latest renders and not mentioned in the Stockport Council https://www.stockport.gov.uk/news/innovative-interchange-and-new-town-centre-park-for-stockport-given-go or TfGM https://www.tfgm.com/stockport-interchange website announcements.

The MEN report https://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/dramatic-120m-plan-change-stockport-14845413.amp implies that Stockport has not yet convinced the other boroughs of its case:
Stockport council leader Alex Ganotis also told fellow bosses at the latest meeting of Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) that it was a case of ‘when, not if’ regarding Metrolink’s arrival in the town, although that has yet to be agreed by transport bosses.
[Mayor Andy Burnham] did not commit to sending the Metrolink to Stockport but noted that there were a number of bids in for such extensions, including a spur to Middleton.
 

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More mealy-mouthed mutterings from Burnham on Metrolink, while the (Tory) Mayor of West Midlands is loudly promoting new tram extensions left right and centre across his conurbation . . .

:rant:
 

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You've gotta love Renderland haven't you. Look at all those non-existent mature trees lining the A6...the people working at the Sky Media offices will be looking at this render nervously.....and the Town Hall appears to have been demolished too (something they're not telling us? :lol:)


Seriously though the view here is that this will just be another reason for people to bypass / ignore / look the other way. Being Stockport you instinctively know this will turn out sh!t. An underground bus station will become a scrote magnet and it will become a no-go area particularly in the evenings. The whole thing strikes us as a very 1970s view of the world. The *cough* gardens on top look a bit too much like Piccadilly Gardens - look how that turned out.



The only really great thing about Stockport is that magnificent viaduct and this scheme will block out views of part of it - one part view will be blocked with the most average looking block of flats this side of Swindon.
 

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Guys in the office I cannot agree with your comments re nothing in Stockport but the viaduct, plenty of nice buildings incl Town Hall, Market sq but does need Network rail to do something with viaduct as it is looking shabby in places. I really don`t see the problem with bus interchange and park can you come up with a better idea than the 20+ year old
one we have now which is showing its age.
 

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^^
Please do not misquote or misrepresent...

if you read the above comments it does not say 'nothing in Stockport but the viaduct' it says ' the only really great thing' is the viaduct. Plenty of other okish things like the Marketplace but the overall feel of the town is still of one to avoid.
Nothing about this scheme will improve that and may even make it go the other way.
As mentioned before 'this guy in the office' is actually from Stockport and is a bit embarrassed about it.
 
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