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Bridge contract lined up for Stockport interchange

Bridge contract lined up for Stockport interchange

A contract worth more £4.4 million has been awarded for the construction of a new bridge in the centre of Stockport as part of the town's Transport Interchange project.

The 40 metre bridge will be built by construction firm Osborne, providing a single-span crossing of the Mersey at the western end of the interchange. This will mean bus services can be re-routed and will potentially ease traffic congestion on the A6, which crosses the river via the Wellington Bridge at the other end of the interchange site.

Work on the bridge is set to start next April and be completed in December 2018. WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff will be the consulting engineer. 

Planning permission for the bridge was granted in October last year and this summer has seen the start of work to clear the area, which has included the site of the former offices and dining facility for bus drivers and station staff. 

The construction of the bridge will be the first part of the development of the interchange at  what is currently Stockport Bus Station. This is designed to offer a major improvement to passengers, with a safer waiting area, more facilities, a more modern concourse and easier access to information and tickets. Buses will pull in at bays arranged around two sides of a large oval, rather than around rows of stands as they do at present. 

It will also extend under the arches of Wellington Bridge to include a cycle hub in Mersey Square, from where most of the traffic will have been removed thanks to the new bridge.

Bids for the other construction contracts for the £41 million development will be opened later this year. Funding has come from central government via the Greater Manchester Local Growth Deal Programme.

Wellington Bridge is itself currently undergoing major road works, with traffic being diverted through Mersey Square.

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