Construction under way on Wythenshawe’s brand new interchange
Work to construct Wythenshawe’s new bus and tram interchange has started.
Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) Committee Chair, Councillor Andrew Fender, and Kier Construction regional managing director, Gary Wintersgill, marked the start of the construction project by planting the first spade in the ground on Wednesday 18 June.
Designed by Aedas Architects, the new interchange is being built by Kier Construction and will be located off Poundswick Lane next to Wythenshawe Forum. The £5m contract was awarded to Kier following a competitive tendering process via the North West Construction Hub (NWCH).
The facility is being delivered by TfGM, who are jointly funding it with Manchester City Council.
The interchange site had been previously occupied by Metrolink as part of the Airport Line expansion. Metrolink vacated the compound in March this year to allow Kier Construction to carry out survey and testing work.
The project will involve the construction of a new bus station alongside the Wythenshawe town centre Metrolink stop and upon completion provide a multi-modal transport interchange.
For passengers, the new interchange will offer a range of improved services, such as modern, fully-covered waiting areas, better information and ticketing facilities, a safer, more secure waiting environment and greater accessibility.
It will also have a TfGM Travelshop providing tickets and information, cycle parking facilities and a central bus supervisor’s office to oversee the smooth running of the bus station.
The roof of the interchange will be fitted with photo voltaic (PV) panels, and LED lighting will be adopted throughout the site. This is expected to yield energy savings of over 40 per cent compared with conventional technology.
The development will also support the wider regeneration of Wythenshawe town centre, with the release of land occupied by the current bus station on Rowlandsway playing a key role in that.
Councillor Andrew Fender, TfGM Committee Chair, said: “I was delighted to be able to mark the start of construction work on this project. People will now be able to see work taking place and will be able to visually chart the development of the project.
“It’s going to provide a modern, high quality gateway to the town centre for both bus and Metrolink passengers, improving public transport links to jobs, education and leisure with over 52,000 people working in Wythenshawe across a variety of large employers.”
Gary Wintersgill, managing director of Kier Construction in the north, added: “With our first TfGM project at Rochdale now complete and operational, it’s good to be breaking ground on a further interchange scheme here in Wythenshawe. Throughout the project we will work closely with TfGM, the community and local support organisations like the Manchester GTA to ensure we deliver maximum economic benefits for the region.”
Councillor Kate Chappell, Manchester City Council's executive member for the environment, said: "This new interchange will help kick-start the regeneration of Wythenshawe and make it easier for people from the area to access jobs in the city centre and at the airport. It will also be an excellent way of demonstrating that cutting edge low carbon technology can be incorporated into large public buildings."
The interchange has been developed in consultation with local bus operators, transport user groups and disability access groups.