Ashton Interchange is getting closer to opening

Transport bosses say that an opening date for the new Ashton-under-Lyne Interchange is set to be confirmed soon.

Transport for Greater Manchester say work is "progressing well" and a bus trial was held recently, which involved Stagecoach testing the layout of the interchange for using buses. 

A spokesperson added: "We have a further test event later this month, that will test the wider facilities across the interchange in advance of it opening." 

The £13 million transport interchange was set to fully open in spring this year but the coronavirus lockdown inevitably put those plans on hold, with TfGM telling us back in April that an official opening date was "under review"

The new interchange - which is being delivered by TfGM and Tameside Council - will feature a covered concourse, with seated waiting areas, as well as electronic information screens.

It will have shops, fully accessible toilets, baby-changing provision and enhanced passenger security including CCTV, as well as improved taxi facilities and secure cycle parking with a cycle hub. 

The development - which is being carried out by Vinci Construction - is being funded by central Government through the Greater Manchester Local Growth Deal Programme. 

Images of the recent bus trial were provided by Transport for Greater Manchester. 

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