Manchester starts work on its debut P&R site

Local dignitaries gathered at Hazel Grove to mark the start of work on Greater Manchester’s first bus-based park-and-ride, which is receiving a 3m investment from Stagecoach Manchester.

Attending the ceremony were the Mayor and Mayoress of Stockport, Cllr Kevin Hogg and Mrs Kathleen Hogg and chairman of Transport for Greater Manchester, Councillor Andrew Fender.

The site is due to open in early 2015, with free parking for 400 cars and storage for 30 bicycles.

Stagecoach Manchester MD Christopher Bowles [pictured] says: “Stagecoach Manchester is investing significantly in this venture, which represents a long-term commitment to the public transport provision in Greater Manchester.” The site will be open for 20 hours a day with services up to every 10 minutes, mainly using buses from Stagecoach Manchester’s 128-strong hybrid fleet.