Here's a first look at plans for Rochdale's new transport Interchange. The new facility will be on Smith Street, next to the River Roch and is lightyears ahead of the current concrete monstrosity.
While originally intended to serve Metrolink trams as well as buses, the interchange became bus only when funds to extend the currently in-development Rochdale and Oldham line beyond Rochdale rail station could not be found.
No word on when the new Interchange will be built but the plans include a shop, a Travelshop, toilets, bus operator and supervisor facilities, as well as electronic passenger information displays.
Look wise, it's no major departure from recent GMPTE bus station designs, such as Shudehill Interchange, Middleton and Hyde. Still, we're sure the people of Rochdale will appreciate not having to enter a concrete hell-hole in order to catch a bus, as they do right now.
UPDATE: We've just heard this from GMPTE:
The interchange will be next to the proposed town centre Metrolink stop (for which outline planning permission has been granted). Funding for the Metrolink line to Rochdale town centre has been earmarked via the Greater Manchester Transport Fund, a £1.5bn 10-year investment programme agreed by the Association of Greater Manchester Authorities in May this year. The fund covers 15 major transport schemes and a delivery programme, which will outline when work could start on each scheme, is being finalised.