Temporary Park and Ride site set to open as part of programme to increase Metrolink parking
A temporary, new Park and Ride site is set to open in just a few weeks time as work moves ahead to increase the overall number of parking spaces available for Metrolink customers in Radcliffe and Whitefield.
The phased opening of the new temporary site in Radcliffe on 6 September will initially see 100 alternative parking spaces made available to accommodate drivers set to be displaced when the Whitefield Park and Ride site is partially closed, with up to 60 spaces initially removed to enable expansion works to get underway on 6 September.
The total number of available spaces at the temporary site in Radcliffe will increase to its maximum capacity of 250 by the end of September - at which point the Whitefield Park and Ride site will close completely, including the bus turning circle and bus stops. This will allow the remaining works to be completed safely. Normal tram services will operate at Whitefield throughout the closure of the car park.
Following substantial completion of the expansion and re-opening of Whitefield P&R, works will commence on expanding Radcliffe P&R.
- Whitefield Park and Ride will reopen in early 2022 with an extra parking deck, expanding car parking capacity from 208 to 331.
- Radcliffe Park and Ride will close in winter 2021 and work to install a new parking deck increasing car parking capacity from 369 to 480 is expected to be complete within summer 2022.
- The temporary Park and Ride facility, which will be situated close to Spring Lane School in Radcliffe, will remain operational until all works are finished in summer 2022.
For customer safety the drop-off and Blue Badge spaces at Whitefield will have to be closed during the main construction works, however, the drop-off point and Blue Badge spaces will remain available at Radcliffe Park and Ride site.
In addition to this, the existing bus stops at Whitefield Park and Ride, for the 95 service will be temporarily relocated onto Stanley Road. These services will continue to run as normal during the construction works.
Alex Cropper, Head of Operations at Transport for Greater Manchester, said: “Park and ride plays a key role in helping people access the public transport system in Greater Manchester and this project has been carefully planned to ensure customers can still park up and access tram services if they need to.
“While we would encourage everyone to walk or cycle for shorter journeys and use public transport where they can, we know some people do have to drive for a part of their journey and ultimately work will mean there are more spaces available, which will in turn assist them in accessing the Metrolink system.”
To assist regular Metrolink passengers, any monthly or annual season ticket holders who were parking at Whitefield Park and Ride site (Zone 3) and are redirected to the new temporary car park or Park and Ride site in Radcliffe (Zone 4) during the closure at Whitefield for construction, will be able to travel at no extra cost.
For further information please visit tfgm.com and tfgm.com/mcip.
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