21 Aug 2014
To celebrate the start of work on Greater Manchester’s first bus-based park and ride facility, local dignitaries gathered at the Hazel Grove site, which is receiving a three million pound investment from leading local bus company, Stagecoach Manchester.
Attending the breaking ground ceremony were the Mayor and Mayoress of Stockport, Councillor Kevin Hogg and Mrs Kathleen Hogg and chairman of Transport for Greater Manchester, Councillor Andrew Fender. Representatives from Stockport Community Cycling Club also attended the event and viewed the plans for cycling provision on the site.
The Hazel Grove bus-based park and ride facility, situated between Macclesfield Road and Buxton Road, is scheduled to open in early 2015. Once completed, the facility will provide free parking for 400 cars and storage for 30 bicycles, offering Stockport commuters and visitors an easy, efficient way of travelling into the centre of Manchester.
Christopher Bowles, managing director of Stagecoach Manchester said: “Stagecoach Manchester is investing significantly in this venture, which represents a long term commitment to the public transport provision in Greater Manchester.
“Once complete, Hazel Grove park and ride will provide an excellent facility for Stockport, reducing congestion on the A6 into Manchester and making travel easier for commuters.”
Stockport’s Mayor, Councillor Kevin Hogg commented: “I’m especially pleased that Stagecoach Manchester has considered the views of local people when planning this site and am excited to see how this patch of waste land will be transformed over the coming months.”
Councillor Andrew Fender, from Transport for Greater Manchester added: “Stagecoach Manchester should be commended for its dedication to this project, which will absolutely improve transport links in the area.
“We’re happy to see that as well as a large bike storage facility, the site will be served by hybrid electric buses, to lessen the environmental impact of the journeys and deliver a more sustainable service for Greater Manchester.”
Services will run from Hazel Grove every ten minutes, with additional limited-stop journeys planned during Monday to Friday peak periods. The Hazel Grove park and ride facility will be open for 20 hours a day with the majority of services provided by one of Stagecoach Manchester’s hybrid fleet.
Following significant investment in green public transport over 18 years, Stagecoach Manchester now includes over 128 electric hybrid vehicles in the fleet, offering one of the greenest services in the country – helping to cut noise, pollution and congestion across Greater Manchester’s roads.