Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) and Stockport Council have unveiled proposals for an innovative spiral ramp linking the new town centre park, which is being built above Stockport’s future transport interchange, and the River Mersey together.
The eye-catching 189-metre ramp will provide a safe and easily-accessible route for cyclists, walkers and wheelchair users to navigate the level change from the rooftop park to the river Mersey, leading to the Trans Pennine Trail and linking up with the wider system of cycling routes being developed as part of the Bee Network.
The plans form part of the Stockport Interchange Mixed Use development scheme, which is currently underway.
The proposed spiral design for the ramp was chosen to ensure that it is not too steep for users wanting to travel in either an upward or downward direction, thereby ensuring accessibility for bicycle, pedestrian and wheelchair users.
Stephen Rhodes, Customer Director at TfGM, said: “Stockport Interchange is a transformational project for the town, and these proposals will only enhance its potential as a truly state-of-the-art transport hub.
“The spiral ramp will not only be a striking structure to look at, but it will also provide a safe way for cyclists and pedestrians to reach the new park from ground level.
“Along with the bridgescape linking the park and Stockport rail station, the ramp will integrate into wider Bee Network proposals to provide a continuous route into Stockport Town centre and linking to the Trans Pennine Trail.
“I would encourage everyone to take this opportunity to have their say on this key piece of cycling and walking infrastructure, which will serve not only Stockport Interchange but the Bee Network as well.”
Cllr David Meller, Cabinet Member for Economy and Regeneration, said: “The new interchange will transform our town centre, and the proposed ramp is an important aspect of the project that will enable cyclists and pedestrians to have a seamless connection from the town centre towards the railway station and onward to the Trans Pennine Trail. This links into our aims to support sustainable travel throughout Stockport and within Greater Manchester.
“During the consultation held on the rooftop park in October 2021, many residents spoke about the need for a ramp to connect the different levels of the interchange, and work has been progressing well to produce the plans that are being consulted on this month.”
Demolition of the former Stockport bus station began in October, paving the way for the construction of the new interchange. The new transport interchange is part of a town centre revival that is under way to make Stockport an even better place in which to live, work, play and connect.
As well as the rooftop two-acre park, cycle and pedestrian link to the rail station and new interchange, the scheme will also include the development of 196 new residential apartments off Daw Bank.
TfGM and Stockport Council want to hear from residents, businesses, and community organisations on what they think of the proposal to introduce the ramp. Take part in the survey to have your say on the plans.
People are invited to have their say on the ramp element as part of a public consultation taking place between Thursday, 6 January and Sunday, 6 February 2022.
If you require the survey in an alternative format, please email: [email protected] or phone: 0161 244 1000
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