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Radcliffe Metrolink car park extension is cornerstone of congestion relief

GREATER Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham has welcomed the addition of additional parking spaces at Radcliffe Metrolink station, saying it is a cornerstone in providing a ‘truly integrated public transport system’ “.

The Metrolink Park and Ride facility in Radcliffe reopened on Monday after the completion of construction work which added 111 more parking spaces.

The works saw the installation of a new car park on the existing site, increasing the number of spaces from 369 to 480 in total, allowing more people to access the Metrolink network and use public transport to part of their journey.

Mr Burnham said: “Park & ​​Ride schemes like this are essential to furthering the Greater Manchester Bee Network’s vision of providing a truly integrated public transport system, making travel in our city-region more easier, more accessible and affordable.

“This latest project means that we have now created nearly 600 new Park & ​​Ride spaces at three different tram stops across the city-region over the past 18 months, in addition to thousands of Park & ​​Ride spaces. Ride already available on the Metrolink network.

“By allowing people to get out of their vehicles and use public transport – even if only for part of their journey – we can help reduce traffic congestion and reduce harmful emissions that harm our air quality.

Delivered ahead of the estimated completion date, the works at Radcliffe – which also includes a new electric vehicle (EV) charging point – mark the completion of the wider Metrolink Park & Ride, which also saw the construction of a new bridge providing an additional 123 spaces at Whitefield and the 360-space Park & ​​Ride site at Parkway on the Trafford Park line.

There are also plans to build a brand new Park & ​​Ride site at Walkden station later this year with over 100 parking spaces, four motorbike spaces, electric vehicle charging and bike storage.

Chris Barnes, Projects Group Manager at Transport for Greater Manchester, said: “We are delighted to have successfully completed the Metrolink Park & ​​Ride expansion, increasing parking capacity at Radcliffe and Whitefield.

“Before the pandemic, the car parks at both sites were at capacity at 8 a.m., so the additional spaces will allow even more people to travel sustainably on the 99-stop Metrolink network and all the many locations that he serves.

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