Approval sought on Rochdale hub detail

Detailed plans for Rochdale's new £11.5 million transport interchange on Smith Street have been finalised.

The Greater Manchester Passenger Transport Executive has submitted an application to Rochdale Council for detailed planning consent for the hub next to the River Roch. It will replace the existing bus station in the town centre.

The executive's interim bus and rail director Michael Renshaw said: "Rochdale's interchange will be a vast improvement for both passengers and bus operators, who currently use a very outdated bus station built in the 1970s."

Upgraded passenger facilities will include a shop, a Travelshop, toilets and electronic travel information displays, while bus operator and supervisor amenities will also be improved.

"Safety is our highest priority and has been integral to the design. As with all our new stations, we are ensuring that we keep passengers away from moving buses as much as possible," maintained Renshaw. Subject to obtaining planning consent, construction work could start late next year.

Rochdale Development Agency chief executive John Hudson said: "The interchange is a crucial part of the regeneration of the whole town centre and will provide first-class transport facilities for local people.

"The demolition of the existing bus station and council offices will clear the space needed for the proposed multi-million pound retail development." The design team for the project includes Aedas Architects, Davis Langdon and Atkins.

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