Altrincham Interchange is set to experience a significant facelift as part of a £19 million project which will redevelop the facility.

Laing O'Rourke has been given the task of delivering the renovation which will help to create a new, fully integrated transport hub with improved facilities that will make it accessible to all. Work is due to begin immediately, with officials stating that it is key that this gateway is significantly upgraded to welcome visitors that are arriving in Altrincham.

The interchange redevelopment is the focal point of a public/private sector regeneration partnership which includes Trafford Council, dubbed Altrincham Forward. The move will help to improve the overall look of the Greater Manchester town and strengthen key transport links with the rest of the region as part of the ongoing expansion of the Metrolink tram service.

Planners stated that the transformation development will totally revamp the existing interchange and create a fully accessible modern concourse. Enhanced CCTV and passenger information systems will be installed, while a new integrated ticket office will also be set up in the current Victorian station building.

Councillor Andrew Fender, chair of the Transport for Greater Manchester Committee, said: "The transformation we are delivering will fully complement and support the excellent work being done in Altrincham, which is itself undergoing great change and improvements.

"Altrincham Interchange is a major gateway into the town centre, and this significant investment will provide a first rate facility, marrying the proud history of the site with attractive, modern features."

Altrincham provides strong links to the centre of Manchester as well as running a Metrolink service as far as Bury. The continued expansion of the tram system recently opened its latest line.

The Bury to Droylsden route passes through the newly created Etihad Campus stop which will be used for Manchester City home games. To commemorate the opening of the new line, City manager Roberto Mancini, along with players Vincent Kompany, Joe Hart and James Milner, lent their voices to tram announcements adding to the match-day experience for fans.

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