A Tameside station that serves more than 110,000 passengers per year is ready for a major upgrade.
Construction will take place at Hattersley Station in the New Year, starting Monday January 10.
The station ticket office will be rebuilt with a new waiting area, toilets, workspaces and seats for passengers.
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Tameside executives promise a much more modern and comfortable environment for rail passengers, although there will be some disruption during work.
Coun Warren Bray, Executive Member of the Tameside Council for Transport and Connectivity, said: “This is great news for train passengers and residents of Hattersley and shows our commitment to improving transport links in our borough – by providing modern infrastructure and a sustainable environment that works for all.
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“The Hattersley ticket office upgrade is part of a long-term work program that will ensure we can support and improve essential public transport connections throughout Tameside. “
Tameside Council has received funding of £ 750,000 from the Greater Manchester Combined Authority to modernize the ticket office at the station.
The station will remain open for the duration of the works, but the current ticket office will be closed.
Passengers can purchase tickets online, through the Northern app, or at other ticket offices, the nearest locations being Newton for Hyde and Broadbottom.
The number of parking spaces available at the station will be reduced during the construction period, but cycling facilities will not be affected.
The Amazon Locker at the station will also be removed during work, but will return in the new ticket office.
We hope that the work will be completed by the end of next April.
Chris Jackson, Regional Director for Northern, said: “By continuing to modernize the infrastructure on our route, we can continue to provide passengers with the best possible experience using our trains.
“This new ticket office at Hattersley will provide improved facilities for passengers in the region where they can also continue to use vital community services like Amazon Locker. “
Tameside council says the station is expected to serve more passengers in the coming years as the local area continues to grow and more people switch to sustainable modes of transportation.
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