New train stations and a tram line could be built in Tameside under proposals to revolutionise travel across the region.
The transport plan unveiled this week by Greater Manchester leaders, would see new Metrolink stops, train stations and the birth of the ‘tram-train’.
It’s divided into three parts, with 65 projects due to be completed in the next few years, schemes with business cases which could be delivered around 2025 and the vision for new ideas that could a reality by 2040.
In Tameside, projects in the pipeline under the five year plan – which already have secure funding – include the redevelopment of Ashton bus station to become a modern transport interchange.
The frequency of trams to Ashton would also increase, with a service every six minutes on the line.
And Trans-Pennine connections would be boosted on the Mottram Moor and A57(T) to A57 Link Roads, work that would be delivered by Highways England.
New cycling and walking routes would also be funded across the borough.
Beyond 2025, potential plans that don’t currently have secured funding include new train stations at Dewsnap in Dukinfield, and at Gamesley on the border with Derbyshire.
The Ashton Metrolink line could also be extended to Stalybridge, while Denton could be considered for a potential station replacement – either rail, Metro or tram-train.
And Metro/tram-train services could be delivered on the Glossop rail line.
Bus routes from Ashton to Stockport, and between Oldham and Ashton would be improved.
Council leader Brenda Warrington said that the investment in the transport infrastructure in the borough would improve residents’ lives.
“It’s enabling people to get about well,” she said.
“And then each of our towns will start to look at what we can offer, and how we can engage people in our town centres and supporting our high streets.
“We want to see Denton to be actually opened as a proper commuter station into Manchester because at the moment people have either got to go to Hyde or Ashton, and only a train a week goes through.
“We already have a good connection to the tram system from Ashton, hopefully we can persuade TfGM to extend into Stalybridge.
“The powers that be are now starting to listen to us.”
She added that the current Metrolink lines formed ‘spokes of a wheel’ and it was a longer term ambition to create a loop which would link the outlying areas to each other.
And Coun Warrington welcomed the introduction of a free ‘opportunity’ bus pass for teenagers aged between 16 and 18 to help them access education, training and culture across the city region.
“The initiative with young 16-18 year olds is a first shot at getting the message across to people particularly young people looking for employment or careers that they don’t have to look necessarily in the place that they live, they can actually commute,” she said.
“But we would hope that this means they get their foot in the door.”
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