MP Mike Kane visited the Wythenshawe interchange project to view progress and meet local people employed on the scheme on Friday 31 October.
During the visit, the MP for Wythenshawe and Sale East spoke to project managers from Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) and Kier about forthcoming works to construct the roof, as well as the walls and paving works next to the new Metrolink line.
He also spoke to Groundworker Jay Francois, who started on site in August working for R&M Developments, and Trainee Engineer Anthony Nartey, who has been gaining work experience with Kier and boosting his CV after graduating from Coventry University.
TfGM Project Manager for Wythenshawe Interchange, John Atkinson, said: “It is really positive that we were able to get Mr Kane down to not only see how the project is progressing and explain how it will benefit the area in the long term, but also to see how it is offering local people an opportunity to gain employment and contribute to the regeneration of the area.”
“It’s going to provide a modern, high quality gateway to the town centre for both bus and Metrolink passengers, improving public transport links to jobs, education and leisure with over 52,000 people working in Wythenshawe across a variety of large employers.”
Mike Kane said: “When the Interchange is complete it will be transformative for Wythenshawe town centre. It is another piece in the regeneration jigsaw puzzle which is leading the renaissance of Wythenshawe.”
“It is especially important that local people are involved in its creation. The key to successful local regeneration projects is ensuring that the jobs and skills benefits are gained by local people. It is great to know that this is happening on the ground with the Interchange.”
Trainee engineer Anthony Nartey, who lives locally in Wythenshawe, commented: “After graduating from Coventry University with a degree in Civil Engineering I was keen to build up my experience of working on site. The interchange site is local to me, and after working on site as a cleaner for the site cabins, the opportunity arose for me to shadow and assist the project engineer. Since starting on site I have experienced a variety of tasks within the role of a site engineer, such as setting out, taking levels and supervising operatives’ work, and I am really enjoying it.”
Construction of the new bus and tram interchange began on 2 June 2014. The interchange is located off Poundswick Lane next to Wythenshawe Forum and is being delivered by TfGM and jointly funded with Manchester City Council.
The project involves the construction of a new bus station alongside the Wythenshawe town centre Metrolink stop which will, upon completion, provide an integrated transport interchange.
For passengers, the new interchange will offer a range of improved services, such as modern, fully-covered waiting areas, better information and ticketing facilities, a safer, more secure waiting environment and greater accessibility.
The interchange will also have a TfGM Travelshop providing tickets and information, a highly visible centralised Bus Supervisor’s office and cycle parking facilities.
The development is also supporting the wider regeneration of Wythenshawe town centre, with the release of land occupied by the current bus station on Rowlandsway playing a key role in that.
The interchange has been developed in consultation with local bus operators, transport user groups and disability access groups.
Although trams are due to run on the site from Monday 3 November, the interchange will not fully open until 2015.