More spaces on way for Shaw park & ride
Date published: 15 July 2014
COMMUTERS will soon have double the space to park & ride at Shaw and Crompton Metrolink stop.
The council and Transport for Greater Manchester have teamed up to secure a land deal to expand the Beal Lane site, which is currently home to 44 parking spaces.
Land at the former Talentum premises, Beal Works, which adjoins the Metrolink stop on land to the south of the existing parking area, will be used to double the capacity.
Last week the council also purchased another piece of adjacent vacant land at Greenfield Lane at auction.
Subject to a demolition notice, TfGM will seek to create extra free car parking for Metrolink users at the site.
The Shaw and Crompton stop opened in December, 2012, with southbound trams serving Oldham and on to East Didsbury via Market Street in Manchester.
Services were then extended northbound to Rochdale via Milnrow in February, 2013.
Earlier this year TfGM and the council identified the need to expand the park & ride capacity at Shaw and Crompton by 2016.
Council leader Jim McMahon said: “This is really good news for Shaw and Crompton — and users of the Metrolink line in general.
“TfGM’s data showed us that from around 8.30am each day the park & ride facility was pretty much full to capacity and many spaces were occupied by commuters who often don’t return until around teatime.
“We had to work co-operatively to find a solution to expand the site capacity and we’re delighted to have been able to achieve this so quickly.
“This, subject to final designs, should see the existing capacity doubled.
“We are keen to invest in the long-term viability of Shaw and this is part of that.”
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